As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
We are embarking on the season of Lent in which we will be journeying towards the cross together. To begin, we look at what preceded Jesus’ 40 days in the desert (Matt. 4:1-11). At the beginning of Jesus’s public ministry, he is baptized by John in the Jordan River. In Matthew 3:17, God says of Jesus, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” The words that God speaks over Jesus are a declaration of Jesus’ identity as God’s beloved son. Jesus journeys to the cross as a beloved son and it is this identity that Satan challenges and attacks when he tempts Jesus.
We, too, embark on Lent as God’s beloved sons and daughters. So as you go though this Lenten journey, remember your baptism and what God said over you—that you are His beloved child. This can help you deal with everything the world throws at you, work through your own failures, and accept the love Christ offers you through His death on the cross.
Dear Father, thank you that you have adopted us in to your family through the sacrifice of your son on our behalf. Help us to look to you for our identity when the world says so much else about us. When we fail to do this, forgive us. We love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.