Luke 3:21-22 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
What a cool picture we have in Luke chapter 3, where the entire trinity shows up on the scene. Jesus is getting baptized and is about to begin his ministry. So the Holy Spirit descends from heaven to fill him and equip him. (Side note: there was not a dove hovering over Jesus that day nor does the Holy Spirit look like a dove. It says here that the Holy Spirit descended like a dove and was in bodily form. The point is that the HS was visible and came flying down from the sky landing on Jesus the way a bird comes in for a landing. Pretty awesome!) Thirdly, we see God the Father’s voice booming from heaven. I wonder what it sounded like? I wonder if it was richer than James Earl Jones’ voice. Probably. Imagine being a bystander that day, watching the physical presence of God and hearing His audible voice.
His audible voice packed some pretty powerful words, too. He called Jesus His son, whom he loved. He said that He was pleased with him. Time out… Jesus hadn’t done any amazing ministry yet. He hadn’t healed anyone or forgiven sins. He hadn’t made the lame walk or the blind see. He hadn’t spoken of who he was or told of the good news that God had sent him to save humanity. And yet the Father was already pleased with him. He was pleased because pf identity and relationship.
We are so performance based in our Christianity. We think that it is in the doing that God will embrace us. The truth is, it is in the being. The Father was pleased with the Son because he had prepared for ministry. Do you know how he prepared? He spent time with the Father. That is what pleased God. He was pleased because He loved. He was pleased because Jesus was His Son. And He is pleased with me because I, too, am His son. It isn’t about what I do, it is about who I know. This is the mystery of grace. This is the mystery of God’s great love. Yes, my God is pleased with me simply for who I am in Him.