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#30 Jesus’ Prayer

Angels had never heard such a prayer.

Jesus feels deeply the need of divine power to accomplish His mission. He reaches up to God in faith, craving assurance of His approval and blessing. He knows the conflict that now begins in earnest. He who had given the law would be accused of destroying it. He who had come to defeat Satan would be called a devil.

Being misunderstood was something he had lived with his whole life, but now he must know that what he has felt sure of is fact.

He knows how hard-hearted men have become. He has seen the power Satan holds over them. He must know He will have every resource to overcome unbelief in God as love.

Angels wait to be sent, but the Father Himself sends this message. Spirit’s form as a dove of light goes to Jesus, enveloping his whole being in light. Jesus’ upturned face shines with glory from God, and His voice is heard, “You are My Beloved Son; I am very pleased with you.”

John catches the signal and says “Behold the lamb of God…” though he doesn’t fully grasp its meaning.

From God comes His gift of approval.

And His love reaches through Jesus to us! We are again connected with heaven and that approval, that delight, comes to everyone who wants it! No matter our brokenness and weakness, we are accepted. We may hear His words, “You are my beloved child, I am very pleased with you.”

Luke 3:21-22

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