Day 3: Read Luke Chapter 3
When my daughter was a little girl, every time my friend made her hair, she would run to the kitchen and twirl around. She would call out, mommy, mommy look, Ms. Janice made me beuful (beautiful). I would respond and affirm her. “You are beautiful, and your hair is gorgeous.” She would smile and run back to play with her siblings.
One day Jesus went to the Jordan River to be baptized. His cousin, John the Baptist, was baptizing people and asking them to repent of their sins and receive God’s forgiveness. Initially, John refused to baptize Jesus. But Jesus told him, let’s do it like this for now so we can fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15).
Why did Jesus get baptized? I think he did it to reveal that he could identify with us in our humanity.
As soon as Jesus entered the water, the heavens opened. The Spirit of God, like a dove and lightning, descended on him. And then God said in an audible voice, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” Luke 3:22
That must have been quite a scene. Can you imagine waiting in line to be baptized and witnessing this majestic display?
This heavenly display showed everyone how much God loved Jesus and approved of him. It’s fascinating to see Jesus’ baptism foretold in the Old Testament…. Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight. I will put my spirit on him. Isaiah 42:1
God Loves You! How to let go of your inadequacy and experience his affirmation
Do you ever question God’s love for you? Do you feel inadequate and desire to know if God really loves you?
You are not alone. Many people struggle with these questions.
But here’s the truth…
God loves you (no ifs, and, or buts)
He approves of you.
He gave you a precious gift in the form of his only Son to redeem you.
Nothing can ever separate you from his love [Even if your life is messy and full of regrets, failures, and mistakes].
You can be secure in his love.
But don’t take my word for it…
If you really want to settle this question in your heart, make room for Jesus. He understands and can identify with your hurts, pains, and fears. That’s why he came in the flesh.
Come away with Jesus this Christmas season and spend time with him. You’ll hear him affirm you. He’ll say, (Insert your name), You are my dearly loved daughter, and you bring me great joy.
Here’s your Challenge. Every day until Christmas, set aside 30 minutes to prayerfully read a chapter from the gospel of Luke. Write your insights and prayers in your journal.
I’d love to hear about your experience. Feel free to share your insights in the comments.
Are you in?
Friend, God loves you!
Father, thank you for the indescribable gift of Jesus. Thank you for accepting me just as I am and loving me with the full measure of your love. Amen
And the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” Luke 3:22
Day 3: This post is part of the Come Away with Jesus Christmas Challenge. Today, I’m encouraging you with the treasures I gained from Luke 3 during my time with Jesus.
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