The Gospel of Luke: a commentary & meditation 
"My beloved Son; with you I am well pleased"

Scripture: Luke 3:21-22

21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well  pleased."

Meditation: Do you know the joy of submission to God? Jesus submitted to John's baptism which was a baptism of repentance.  In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the sinless one who would humbly lay down his life on a cross to pay the price for our sins.  The Heavenly Father is much pleased with his Son's humble submission and speaks audibly and directly to Him for all to hear: You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.  The Holy Spirit, too, is present as Jesus submits to John's baptism.  He anoints Jesus for his ministry which begins that day as he rises from the waters of the Jordan river.  We are called to follow in the footsteps of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We too must humbly submit ourselves to God's wise and loving plan for our lives.  He, in turn, anoints us with his Holy Spirit that we may be clothed with his power and grace. Do you yield to the Holy Spirit that he may annoint you with power to live as son or daughter of God?

"Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit and inflame my heart with the joy of the gospel.  May I find joy in seeking to please you just as you found joy in seeking to please your Father".

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