The anointing of Jesus

(Matthew 3:16-17) “After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove {and} lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.””

“After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water;” this indicates that Jesus had been completely in the water, in other words He was immersed. That is how Jesus was baptized. Baptism symbolizes the believer’s identification with Christ’s death and resurrection. Baptism is a one-time exercise in obedience, but the reality of having been crucified with Christ and raised to walk in newness of life is an ongoing experience.

“and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove {and} lighting on Him,” a commentator has suggested Just as the veil of the temple was rent in twain to symbolize the perfect access of all men to God, so here the heavens are rent asunder to show how near God is to Jesus, and Jesus to God.” But Jesus did not really need an anointing from the Holy Spirit. When He came to earth, He retained His full deity. In His complete humanity, however, He needed divine strengthening for ministry. That the Spirit came upon Him at His baptism was a fulfillment of the prophet’s words “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners” (Isaiah 61:1). This anointing by the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus as the Son of Man for redemptive service and was a confirming sign to everyone present-including us today-that Jesus is indeed the Messiah.

and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”” this declaration from God the Father represents a rich and satisfying relationship between the Father and the Son. Forms of the word “beloved” occur elsewhere in the New Testament to indicate God’s Love for believers and to describe the ideal Love they must have for one another. In God’s eyes the Lord Jesus remains the most beloved. This also means that Christians are a delight to their Heavenly Father because they are now “in Christ”. God cannot find any imperfection in His Son, He equally by His Grace finds no fault in His saints.

The truth that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is God’s perfect Son is key in the Gospel message. The New Testament presents God more as the Father of Jesus than as the Father of believers. We cannot worship God unless we also worship Christ as One with Him.

Let’s pray that the Lord will make us always aware of our need for Him, and renew our Love for Him today and fill us with courage to state our commitment at every opportunity, Amen.

Christservant.

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