“It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, ‘You are My beloved Son’.” – Mark 1:9-11, NKJV
It all began with His baptism.
Before He encountered Satan in the desert, before He began His earthly ministry, before He performed any miracles, Jesus was baptized. The baptism was performed by John the Baptist, a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (Mark 1:4), although the Son of God – the spotless, sinless Lamb of God – needed neither repentance nor the remission of any sins (Hebrews 4:14-15).
This baptism was a precursor of the baptism Jesus would preach: “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5, NKJV). Moreover, its recording in the New Testament Gospels marked the first account of the appearance of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – at a single moment in human time (Mark 1:9-11).
But there is another point here that should not be overlooked – and it applies to you and me today.
As Jesus was coming up from the water, God the Father proclaimed for all to hear, “You are My beloved Son” (Mark 1:11, NKJV).
There are many things happening in your life right now. Some are probably good, but some are probably not. Some challenge you. Some discourage you. And some make you want to walk away from everything.
That is why the words of God the Father apply most significantly to you.
Yes, He was speaking to Jesus almost two thousand years ago when these events first occurred, but He is speaking them to you right now in the context of your very real – and at times very painful – life.
“You are My beloved son.”
“You are My beloved daughter.”
Make no mistake, you are God’s beloved. You – uniquely and singularly as you – are the apple of God’s eye. He loved you into existence, and, through His Son, He loved you home again by taking away your sins.
Sometimes all you need to make it through the day is knowing that, despite the chaos and confusion, God is still God, and you are still His beloved.
Today, rest in the arms of the Lord knowing that He is not just in your corner, He is your corner.
He is your strength and your shield (Psalm 18:2).
He will give you rest when you are weary (Matthew 11:28).
He will heal your broken heart and bind up your wounds (Psalm 147:3).
He will not leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Because you are His beloved.
-- Dr. John Morris