Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 3:16-17(KJV); And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
In the Jordan experience, God was not trying to introduce Jesus Christ to John the Baptist. What He was doing was vindicating Christ’s sonship to Christ. This was extremely important because of what was to follow.
In the subsequent scriptures, the Bible reveals that following His baptism, Christ was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
The father son relationship had been affirmed. He understood that He was loved and that the father was well pleased with Him. Thus, it was okay for Him to be taken to the wilderness. While in the wilderness, there was no room for doubt or to imagine in his heart that the Father had abandoned Him.
In fact, the temptations that come in the wilderness come to test His relationship with the father. That is why the devil asks, ‘If you are the son of God…’ (Matthew 4:1-11)
What does this reveal to us as Christians?
God will not send you into the wilderness before affirming His relationship with you in your spirit.
The un-fathered or the prodigals cannot survive in the wilderness because in the face of temptation, they will trade their divine inheritance for the kingdoms of this world.
The reason we endure all sorts of hardship in this life of the gospel is because we understand that we are sons and that the Father is well pleased with us.
It doesn’t matter what the devil and the world has to offer; whether it is power, fame or money. We do not care what we have to lose for the sake of the Kingdom of God, we know that the Father is well pleased with us and as such, we endure hardship like great soldiers; we rejoice in afflictions and count it all joy.
Glory to God!
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 4:1-11, 2 Timothy 2:3
The reason we endure all sorts of hardship in this life of the gospel is because we understand that we are sons and that the father is well pleased with us. It doesn’t matter what the devil and the world has to offer; whether it is power, fame or money.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for this Word. What a privilege to know that I am a son, I am born of God and not of flesh and blood. Thank you because you are pleased with me, not because of the things that I have done but because of what Christ did. I look at life through this truth, the absolute knowledge that I have a Father, who knows my name, my every thought; my going and my coming; my waking and my sleeping. In Jesus’ name, Amen