Theme: God was pleased with His Son. Is He pleased with us?
Object: A photo album.
Scripture: And behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17
My wife and I have a son. This is a photo album that has just a few of the pictures we took of our son as he was growing up. We were so proud of him that we started taking pictures of him the very first day he was born and we haven't stopped to this day. When he comes home for a visit, I still take pictures of him.
We have always been very proud of our son and everything he did. We took pictures of him in school plays, pictures of him in his baseball uniform, pictures of him in his soccer uniform, pictures of him in his band uniform, pictures of him playing the piano, and pictures of him playing the drums. We were so proud of him as he grew up -- and he never gave us any reason not to be proud.
Do you think God was proud of His son, Jesus? I know he was, because the Bible tells us that he was. The Bible tells us that when Jesus was baptized, there was a voice from heaven that said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Why do you think God was pleased with His son? I think that one reason God was proud of his Son is that the Bible tells us that "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." (Luke 2:52) It makes a father proud to watch his child grow in maturity and become wiser. And, of course, a father is always proud when his child is well-liked and respected by other people. I think the main reason that God was proud of Jesus is that Jesus always did what his Father sent him to do. Do you always do what your father tells you to do? I doubt if any of us could answer "yes" to that question -- but Jesus could. Jesus said "I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me." (John 6:38) That would make a Father proud, wouldn't it?
When we trust in Jesus as our Savior, we become the children of God. Wouldn't you like to be the kind of child that would cause God to look down from heaven and say, "My child, I am proud of you!"
Dear Lord, help us to be more like Jesus, so that we will be the kind of child of which you can be proud. Amen.
Coloring Page: "Baptism of Jesus"