And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11)
What a wonderful joy it would be to hear words like that from a heavenly Father! Such words of comfort and affirmation! Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” But this is more than a compliment like “Nice haircut! That looks good on you!” These heavenly words are not a pat on the back because we performed well or dressed well. Words such as these have nothing to do with what we did. These are words of grace. And their source is our Creator, the Great High King of the Universe, they would carry weight and meaning. This is the One who made us and knows us best and for Him to say that He loves us and is pleased with us would be amazing!
Ahhh! But do we believe such a thing is even possible? Many of us are very familiar with our own unworthiness. We know that we fail miserably every day to meet the mark of perfection that would, we think, make us worthy of our heavenly Father’s love. So we believe that those words were said to Jesus, but we could never believe that God would ever say them to us.
But God does say those words to us through Jesus.
Jesus, the divine Son of God, not only came to us to be “God with us” and save us from our sins. Jesus also brought us into Himself. When we were cleansed through water and the Word in the waters of Holy Baptism, we were baptized into Jesus. As Paul wrote to the Christians in Galatia, ”So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27) Jesus has not only wrapped himself in our human flesh, He has also wrapped us in His divine goodness.
Because you are in Jesus, your Father in heaven is singing gracious words of divine affirmation over you every day. Imagine Him calling you by name and saying, “_______________, you are my child, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Because of Jesus, you can trust that those words are for you and that they are true.
Dear Jesus, thank You for rescuing me from sin and death. Thank you for giving me a new identity as a beloved child of God. Help me to trust and live in that new identity every day. Amen.