February 1 – This is My Son, Whom I Love

Friday, February 1, 2013

February 1 – This is My Son, Whom I Love

The very first use of the word ‘love’ in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) comes when the Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove and a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22).

In an early revelation of the Trinity, we see the beauty of the relationship that is built on love and translates into how we should maintain our relationships with each other.  Everything is based on love and respect.  Words of love are spoken; graceful touches of the Spirit are made.

There had been several hundred years of silence from God for the Jews.  The prophets had faded away.  Then, His voice was heard again … this time from heaven.  The Messiah had come and was ready to begin His ministry, the Lord God revealed Himself to humanity once more and in so doing, anointed Jesus Christ as His Son and the One who would continue the revelation to mankind.

The relationship between the Trinity pours out from this moment onto any person who comes to know Jesus Christ in a personal way.  Jesus’ disciples felt it, the people surrounding Jesus felt it. Nicodemus recognized it: “Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him” (John 3:1-2, NIV).

What if we were to treat those around us with the same grace and love that comes to us from God?

Imagine standing at a checkout counter and smiling at the harried person who is ringing up your groceries … taking a minute to reach out and touch that person and say, “I hope you have a good day.”  What if you were to laugh and enjoy your meal with a server, touching them on the forearm and saying, “Thank you for taking care of us today.”  What if you were to look up and smile at the people rushing past you or take a moment to wave at another person while you are madly driving to your next appointment?

It isn't even about performing random acts of kindness, but is more along the lines of living a life that exudes grace and love.  Moments of grace for those who desperately need a touch from God; acts of love, compassion and kindness for anyone you encounter, whether online or in person.

We can be the reflection of the Father’s love for His Son to the world.