Then Jesus Came

Today’s devotion from Matthew 2-3.As we read through the opening chapters of the New Testament, it is easy to be lulled into neglect. These verses are so familiar that it is tempting to skim through them without giving them our full attention and the benefit of deeper study. I guess that is why I had never thought of something until I heard another person say it. The section in question concerns Jesus’ baptism. I’ve always liked this even in Jesus’ life because we so clearly see the Trinitarian nature of God. We see the Son performing the action desired by the Father, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” (Matthew 3:15, CSB) While the obedient Son is doing what must be done, the Spirit descends in the form of a peaceful dove. Finally, the Father speaks, and in doing so communicates His pleasure with the Son. All three persons of the Trinity present.

I don’t remember who said it. I just remember that it was one of those moments where I should have kicked myself for not seeing it before. This scene unfolds and carries with it the echoes of Creation long past. The prologue of John’s Gospel makes plain that the Word, the Son, the Christ was the active member of the beginning of all things. While He worked, the Spirit hovered above watchfully. When all things were formed, the Father voiced His pleasure with the Son’s work, “It is good.”

It is important to see the Trinitarian nature of God in these key moments. When Jesus came to earth, He came with the reverberation of the Father’s pleasure in His mind. All that had been good in the beginning was now mangled by the Fall. Jesus came to set it back in order, a task only possible when all righteousness was fulfilled. Jesus came. The Spirit testified. The Father voiced His delight.

No verse of Scripture, nor event recorded within it, happens apart from God’s intention to restore the goodness of His creation. The Bible is not disconnected stories, but one account of how God has worked toward His goal of making all things good again. While you and I won’t have our names recorded in Scripture, we are playing a role in fulfilling God’s plan.