Jesus and the Father: The Beloved Son
John the Baptist attracted crowds of people who listened to his preaching.
They came to him for baptism as a symbol of their desire to change the way they lived.
Why did Jesus insist that John baptise him?
Could it be because he was about to change the way he lived,
from being a carpenter in Nazareth to taking up his destiny as the Christ on a mission to reveal the Father?
Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicate the time of prayer to God and ask God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.
Gift: Ask God for what you desire. Suggestion: To appreciate how God delights in me.
Setting: Imagine you are by the Jordan river watching the baptism of Jesus.
Who are you?
What do you see and hear?
How do you and those around you react?
Matthew 3: 13-17 HCSB
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan,
to be baptised by him. But John tried to stop Him, saying,
“I need to be baptised by You, and yet You come to me?”
Jesus answered him,
“Allow it for now,
because this is the way for us to fulfil all righteousness.”
Then he allowed Him to be baptised.
After Jesus was baptised, He went up immediately from the water.
The heavens suddenly opened for Him,
and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
and coming down on Him.
And there came a voice from heaven:
This is My beloved Son.
I take delight in Him!
Conversation: Talk to Jesus about his baptism, your baptism, or whatever else you wish to talk about.
Finish with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer
Today’s Music: Peg Angell, Prepare ye the Way of the Lord
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