It was the whole Trinity, which at the beginning of creation said, “let us make man.” It was the whole trinity again, which at the beginning of the Gospel seemed to say, “let us save man.”

J.C. Ryle

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
(Matthew 3:13-17 ESV)

“A voice from heaven”…

This was a circumstance of singular solemnity. We read of no voice from heaven before this, except at the giving of the law on Sinai. Both occasions were of peculiar importance. It therefore seemed good to our Father in heaven to mark both with peculiar honor. At the introduction both the law and Gospel, he Himself speaks.

How striking and deeply instructive are the Father’s words! “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” He declares, in these words, that Jesus is the divine Saviour sealed and appointed from all eternity to carry out the work of redemption. He proclaims, that He accepts Him as the Mediator between God and man. He seems to publish to the world, that He is satisfied with Him as the propitiation, the substitute, the ransom-payer for the lost family of Adam, and the Head of a redeemed people. In Him He sees His holy “law magnified and made honorable.” Through Him He can “be just, and yet the justifier of the ungodly.” (Romans 3:26.)

May we ponder these words well! They are full of rich food for thought. They are full of peace, joy, comfort and consolation, for all who have fled for refuge to the Lord Jesus Christ, and committed their souls to Him for salvation. Such may rejoice in the thought, that though in themselves sinful, yet in God’s sight they are counted righteous. The Father regards them as members of His beloved son. He sees in them no spot, and for His son’s sake is “well pleased.” (Ephesians 1:6.) J.C. Ryle

“This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.”

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