#DailyDevotion Jesus Is YHWH’s Son
Matt. 316As soon as Jesus was baptized, He stepped out of the water, and now heaven was opened, and He saw God’s Spirit coming down on Him as a dove. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is My Son, Whom I love and delight in.”
There is no wonder why this text is chosen by the Church for the season of Epiphany. Here we see the manifestation of not only Jesus’ glory but all three persons of the Trinity! The Spirit’s manifestation as a dove coming upon him signifying the fulfillment, Isaiah 42:1 “Here is My Servant Whom I support; I have chosen Him, and I delight in Him. I put My Spirit on Him.” And again it is written, Isaiah 112”The LORD’s Spirit will rest on Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.” So we see the image of our Lord in Revelation 5,”He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are God’s seven spirits that are sent all over the world.” So we will see the Spirit’s manifestation in Jesus’ ministry in wisdom and power.
The Father speaks the word, “This is My Son, Whom I love and delight in.” In Matthew chapter 2 it is written, “I called My Son from Egypt.” Now the Father gives his seal of approval and the outward recognition that Jesus is indeed his Son from all eternity at his baptism. The Father loves the Son and delights in him. Jesus is loved because he is one with the Father in all he says and does. He fulfills all that the Father has given him to do. Instead of being filled with pride as the first Adam was, Jesus as the second Adam is filled with humility. Instead of giving in to temptation as the first Adam, Jesus overcomes temptation for us in the wilderness having been tempted by Satan.
The Father again proclaims Jesus as his own at the mount of transfiguration when he speaks, Matt. 17:5 “This is My Son Whom I love and delight in. Listen to Him!” These manifestations of the Father speaking testifying to Jesus being his son are the fulfillment of Psalm 2:7 He said to Me, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.” So John testifies in his gospel, 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and lived among us for a time and we saw His glory, the glory of the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” And again Jesus tells us, 3:16 “God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.”
So Jesus is made manifest to us as the Father’s son from all eternity made known in time to us by his incarnation. He has been sent by the Father to do the Father’s will, to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He fulfills the Father’s will, his commands and precepts, the Law of God on our behalf. Jesus identifies himself with us, taking our sin upon his flesh and soul. He overcomes temptation for us. He takes our sin to the cross and upon the cross dies the penalty for our sin, namely death. Now, having overcome sin, death and devil by his life, death and resurrection, he offers this victory to us through being baptized into his name, the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Almighty God and Father, you made manifest your only begotten son Jesus Christ to us at his baptism. Make Jesus now manifest in our hearts that the work he has accomplished for our salvation may be ours and may we live out his life in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.