Theme of the Week: Wandering In The Wilderness
Bible Verse: 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.” Luke 3:21-22
My dad passed away in 2001. I still miss him; he was a great man. I don’t have many physical things to remember him by, but I do have a few. I have his cowboy boots, which I wear even though I am not a cowboy. I also have an old Scrabble Game that we used to play together and record our top scores. But most importantly, I have a letter that he wrote to me when I was in my teens.
This letter is almost forty years old now. It was filled with his advice for me as I grew into adulthood, and I still love it. I don’t have to read very far into the letter to get choked up. It begins with three words, “My son, Timothy.”
I love those words. They remind me of where I came from. They tell me that I am loved and belong.
I think of Jesus when He came up out of the river after His baptism. While the water was still dripping off His hair and beard, the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove and a voice from heaven boomed out across the sky.
“You are my Son, whom I love. With You I am well pleased.”
Jesus was heading into His public ministry as well as a very difficult immediate trial. As we shall see, He was going to be pushed to the limits. What He needed to hear at the beginning of that trial was whose He was and how He was regarded. He needed to know His identity.
He was God’s Son.
He was deeply loved.
His Father was well pleased with Him.
Whatever you are going through, knowing whose you are and that you are deeply loved can make all the difference.
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