The most powerful Gospel
“…and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’”
This is one of the most powerful passages in the Gospels. Jesus is about to begin his ministry but before he does, he goes to the Jordan River and is baptized by his cousin, John. As Jesus comes up out of the water, the Holy Spirit descends on him in the form of a dove and God the father speaks from heaven, declaring Jesus his beloved son. In this verse we see all three members of the Trinity manifesting themselves to the world. But it’s only the beginning. After Jesus’s baptism, he embarks on an incredible ministry of preaching the kingdom of God, healing the sick, casting out demons, and ultimately, dying for your sins and mine.
More than anything, this verse gives us a window into the heart of the Trinity and it helps us understand who Jesus really is. These are the truths that you want to focus on as you teach this verse to your children.
In John’s first letter, he wrote, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). What this means, is that at his heart, God is relational. This is why the Trinity is an important doctrine. It reveals God’s nature as a relational being who is love. He has been able to love since before any creature was created because there is love within himself. The Father loves the Son and the Spirit, the Son loves the Father and the Spirit, and the Spirit loves the Father and the Son. All three exist in an eternal dance of love. At Jesus’s baptism, we see as each member of the Trinity approves of the others. This is most evident in the Father’s words, “You are my Son, whom I love.”