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#30 The 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 will be accused of destroying it. He who had come to defeat Satan will be called a devil.

Being misunderstood was something he had lived with his whole life, so 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 their unbelief in God as love.

Angels eagerly wait to be sent, but the Father Himself will send this message. Spirit’s form as a dove of light goes to Jesus, enveloping his whole being in light. The Father’s voice is heard “You are my Son, My Beloved, and I am very pleased with you.”

From God comes His gift of approval.

And His love reaches through Jesus to us! His approval–His delight–comes to everyone who wants it! No matter how broken and weak. We are accepted.*

We, too, may hear those words, “You are My beloved child, and I am pleased with you.”

John catches the signal and says, “Behold the lamb of God…” though even he doesn’t fully grasp this title’s meaning.

But Satan does. He sees that Jesus is the second Adam, humanity’s do-over, fully reconnected with God.

Luke 3:21-22,  *Ephesians 1:6

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