Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
After nine long months, the moment was finally here. We had spent hours wondering when our daughter would come earth-side, who she would look like, and what her first cry would sound like. The emotions I felt as I stared at her for the first time were simply overwhelming. It was a moment I will never forget. The tears were rolling down my face, excitement was etched in my smile, and the delight I had towards Zara was evident for everyone in the room. I was so proud to be her dad, and she did nothing to earn it; I was simply proud.
In Matthew 3, we see the beautiful exchange between the Father and the Son. God speaks over Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” It is a moment where the Father looks at the Son with great delight and great joy. He was a proud dad.
We also find a special moment between Jesus and John the Baptist. Jesus is now thirty and beginning the most significant work in human history. As Jesus arrives at the Jordan River, he asks John the Baptist to baptize Him. Here we see Jesus choosing an imperfect individual to participate in a perfect moment.
There is so much beauty in the way the Father viewed the Son. There is also great beauty in the way Jesus humbly viewed John. Jesus sees John as worthy to participate in this moment. The Savior of the world tells us that we don’t have to be somebody we’re not. Jesus is proud of you for simply being you. Jesus views you as worthy to participate in his Kingdom work and “fulfill all righteousness” with Him.
- How can you view others with the eyes of Jesus this week? Can you remind someone that they don’t have to be somebody they aren’t?
- In the same way Jesus asked John to participate, how might Jesus be asking you to participate with Him in His work this week?
Soul Care Practice
Become aware of God’s loving presence and imagine Jesus saying these words to you: “It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness…” Talk with Jesus about any thoughts, reflections, challenges, and emotions that come up within you. How can you embody these words and follow Christ in your home, neighborhood, and workplace?
Read Jesus’ words again slowly: “It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness…” How did these words shape and guide you today? Pray your thoughts, desires, needs, struggles, and joys from today. As you go to bed, rest in God’s presence.
“I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand—I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’” (Isaiah 51:16)
Written by Tim Mahan, Fellowship Monrovia High School Pastor.