Luke 3:21-22, “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.’”
Over the past two weeks, we’ve heard a lot about the meaning and importance of baptism. We’ve also witnessed firsthand many people who’ve made an internal commitment to Christ follow through with the outward expression of baptism.
As a reminder, the word ‘baptizo’ means to immerse or dip under water. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. Why? It perfectly illustrates Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. It also paints a vivid picture of life transformation as each sinner makes a complete U-turn and is then ready to follow Jesus faithfully.
After his “divine demo,” in the waters of baptism, Jesus took it a step further by commanding that we, too, demonstrate this first step of obedience immediately following our faith decision. And here’s what’s great! The Bible says that when even just one person is baptized heaven throws a huge party and God smiles and says, “You are my child. I love you, and I am well-pleased!”
Re-read today’s passage and really take to heart what God the Father said to Jesus from heaven: you are my son, you are loved, and I am pleased with you. Remember, God feels the same way about each of us as we follow Jesus’ example. What a privilege it is to bring our Father pleasure by being obedient to his command!
God, thank you for presenting us with a “divine demo” through Jesus’ baptism. I’m so grateful that you feel the exact same way about all of your children when they make this public declaration of faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.