Matthew 3:17
I Am Well Pleased

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

He was willing to come as an obedient son would respond to his father’s desire. He could honestly say, “Lo, I come, in the volume of the book it is written of Me, ‘I delight to do Thy will, O my God.’” No one else among the children of men ever did such a thing. I can understand why God was well pleased.

A young boy goes with His parents to Jerusalem. While there He makes a connection in some unknown way, with doctors of philosophy and teachers. The divine wisdom in the boy can be easily discerned by the ancients that heard Him and asked Him questions. When confronted as to why He did this, He said, “Know ye not that I must about My Father’s business?” No wonder the Father was well pleased.

At home in the working-class town of Nazareth, He plies His trade as a carpenter. It was clear to be seen that what He did was well done and His reputation was held in high regard. “He increased in favor with God and with man.” Surely the Father was well pleased.

To see Him moving from obscurity into the public eye, and walking with steady step toward John in the river; and to see the Lamb of God’s choosing stepping into the water and identifying Himself for all to see – this obedient Son was without a doubt, the One in whom God was well pleased.

“What great joy it must still be to Thee Father, to see Him in His glory and with the marks of His obedience on His hands and feet – a true and perfect sacrificial Lamb. I am rejoicing in Him today whose blood was shed for me. I praise Thee for Thy Son, Amen.”

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