“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:16-17 NIV).
My great-grandfather was a hearty sort of a man. He had 25 children. Thirteen of which he left in the “old country” when he came to America. So, you can imagine our family reunions were quite the event. Each year in August we would all gather in a small park in northwest Oklahoma. As a child I was always fascinated at the old plank and rope hanging (swinging) bridge that crossed a great swimming hole. Unfortunately, for my sister this was not much fun, especially because she was the only girl in the lot. All of her cousins were boys. We did finally get two more girls later in life, but meanwhile, while we were younger my sister could never cross that bridge without at least one, and frequently a number of us jumping on and swinging and swaying this old rickety bridge.
What is it about family reunions that always seem to be best around water? In this passage we see an incredible holy reunion of sorts. I use the word reunion lightly because the Triune is never really parted. This is however, the first time within the Bible we see all three coming together, each doing something different and distinct. The Father speaking and confirming, the Spirit descending and covering, and the Son in obedience. “The God who is holy love and light is Triune in essential being, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” One yet distinctly unique.
His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways.
How is it that you see—imagine our increasable creator?
Sources: Beacon Bible Commentary, Volume 6: Matthew Through Luke . Beacon Hill Press. Kindle Edition.
House, Nazarene Publishing . Church of the Nazarene Manual 2017-2021 . Nazarene Publishing House. Kindle Edition.