I’ve talked about Jesus’ baptism before in a previous blog, talking about how when the Father looked upon Jesus, he said,”You are my Son. I love you. I am well pleased with you.” And one of my points was that God essentially says the same thing to us as his children.
But there’s one thing I want you to note here: When did the Father say all these things to him? After Jesus had started preaching? After he had started performing miracles? After the cross? No, the Father said this before Jesus had done any of this. The foundation of the Father’s love for Jesus was not the ministry Jesus did. Rather, the foundation for Jesus’ ministry was the love the Father had for him.
That’s why it didn’t matter to Jesus what other people thought of him. That’s why when others hurt or even betrayed him, he was able to forgive them. His foundation in ministry and in life was the love the Father had for him.
What is the foundation of your ministry and life? Is it the fact that the Father looks at you and says, “You are my son. You are my daughter. I love you. I am well pleased with you”?