21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 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.”
The ministry of Jesus begins in these verses. Luke has already told us that John was baptising ‘for the forgiveness of sins’. Jesus – who was sinless – chose to be baptised identifying Himself with us. While praying, after His baptism, the Holy Spirit comes upon Him and not only that but heaven opens & the voice of the Father confirms His love, favour and presence completely upon Him for His ministry ahead.
There are a lot of theological points in these verses … but the simplicity of Jesus identifying so completely in who I am, is actually overwhelming as I think about. No one person has ever so completely identified with me ever. Many have identified with me in certain aspects of my life, but not so completely. This one act, identifying with me through baptism – displays a love for me that brings security, comfort, acceptance, safety, courage …. I pray that I will never loose sight of the fact that Jesus is the only one who can truly & so completely walk through life with me. He ‘gets’ me.
Written by Suzie Hodgson