Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
In Matthew 17, we are told of the dramatic event known as the Transfiguration. Jesus had told His disciples that He would be seen coming in the glory of His Father with His angels. Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a high mountain and He was transfigured before them. His clothes became as white as the light and Moses and Elijah appeared, talking with Him. What an amazing sight that must have been!
But the event became even more amazing. A bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.”
This is not the first time Matthew has told us of these words. In Matthew 3, Jesus came to John the Baptist at the Jordan to be baptized by John. When John baptized Jesus, a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.”
In both those incidents, the Father is confirming Jesus as His Son and also expressing His love for His Son. The love that exists between the three persons of the Trinity had existed from all eternity. But when Jesus left the glories of heaven to become a man, the love didn’t cease. The Son was leaving heaven to become the perfect sacrifice for our sin in complete obedience to the Father. Jesus said in John 8:29, “I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”
No wonder the Father was pleased with the Son! Not only was He willing to leave the glory of heaven, but He was willing to walk in perfect obedience in all things despite being tempted as we are. Beyond that perfect life, He was willing to give Himself to ridicule, hatred, physical abuse and ultimately a cruel death in order to please the Father and provide our salvation.
The Father is also pleased when we trust that sacrifice on our behalf. 1 Cor 1 says it pleased God to save those who believe. God is pleased when we come to believe in the Son. May we also strive to please Him by following Jesus’ example in doing always those things that are pleasing to Him.
We exist to equip God’s people to delight in His glory and declare that glory to our neighbors and the nations.
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