“After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy” (Matthew 3:16-17, NLT).
Have you ever been so proud of your son or daughter that you just had to tell someone how wonderful they were and how proud you were?
That’s the way I imagine this story of Jesus’ baptism.
God the Father is so proud of His Son because He has been called to ministry and is fulfilling that calling. And so the Father just had to tell somebody how proud He was and express His delight to His Son.
It’s as if God the Father is saying, “Son, I am so proud of you. You make me very happy. I love you.”
God the Father has that same feeling about you.
You are the Heavenly Father’s dearly loved son or daughter and you bring Him great joy.
When you accomplish His plans and purposes for your life, it pleases Him and He is so proud of you!
“This is real love–not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (1 John 4:10, NLT).
“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” The Greek word for “home” (monē meaning dwelling place) used in this verse is the same word used for for “many rooms” in vs. 2 of this chapter: “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” In vs. 2 Jesus gives the assurance that each of His followers has an eternal dwelling place with Him and He is going there to prepare it. In vs. 23 Jesus and the Father come to dwell (by the Holy Spirit) with those who love Him and keep His word so that His followers can prepare for their eternal dwelling place: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (vs. 15-16). Jesus gives us an assurance for this life that there is an assurance of eternal life with Him. The Holy Spirit (and Father and Son) dwell with us to help prepare us for our eternal life with Them. In other words, you will dwell with God then because He dwells with you now so that you will be prepared to live eternally in the place Jesus has prepared for you!
“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” In Isaiah 63:15-64:12 the prophet recites a prayer to God for mercy on His people. Isaiah addresses God as “Father” in vs. 63:16 and then later in the prayer in this verse (vs. 64:8). Isaiah recognized the Father/child relationship that God has established with those who are His people and who faithfully serve Him. Isaiah confesses to God that Israel has sinned and rebelled against Him, but now he prays for God as their loving Father to withdraw His anger and forgive their sin: “Be not so terribly angry, O Lord, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people” (vs. 64:9). God is our Creator and our Heavenly Father. As a loving Father He wants to forgive your sins and engender a paternal relationship with you so that He can form you into an extraordinary daughter or son.