Tuesday, November 18, 2008
One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As He was praying, the heavens open, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on Him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said ”You are my dearly loved Son, and You bring me great joy. Luke 4: 21-22
Why was the Father pleased with Jesus, what joy did He bring?
Jesus was baptized at the beginning of His ministry, He had not yet performed any miracles, and He had not shown Himself God’s Son. His first act was baptism. Matthew records John’s reluctance to baptize Jesus, but Jesus tells him they must carry out all of God’s requirements. (Matthew 3:15). The Father is pleased with Jesus because right away He is obedient, Jesus starts His ministry in obedience.
This scripture commands me to ask myself do I bring great joy to the Lord or as King James states is the Lord well pleased with me.
Lord are You please with my obedience?
Lord are You please with my faith, my trust in You?
Lord are You please with my service?
Lord are You please with my fruit?
Lord are You please with my praise?
Lord are you please with my worship?
Lord do I bring You joy?
Lord am I carrying out all your requirements?
Sometimes we believe we are doing what God requires of us. But the question is are we really following God’s commands? Are we just doing pieces of what God desires while we mix in what we want? Worthy of note Luke tells us Jesus is praying when the Holy Spirit descends. Do we spend sufficient time in prayer checking in with God to ensure we are following the path He has set forth? Are we leading lives that lead God to saying this is my daughter.son in whom I am well please, for she/he brings me such great joy?
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