Jesus came to the Jordan river to be baptized by John. John the Baptist initially resisted baptizing Jesus because he realize who Jesus was. While the Jews had come to John to be baptized for repentance of sins, Jesus was there for a different purpose. Since Jesus had no sin, he had come to be baptized to fulfill all righteousness. In other words, he was there strictly out of obedience to and love for his Father.
There is so much revelation and truth contained in the interaction between Jesus and John! However, to stay in line with our current topic of The Operating Platform of Sonship, we will simply focus on a couple of salient points contained in the record of Jesus’ baptism.
John the Baptist stood as the epitome of the Old Testament law and prophets. Jesus himself would later say that there was not a greater man born of a woman other than John. As John baptized Jesus, we actually see the transition begin from the old operating platform of works/law/judgement over to the new operating platform of Sonship.
While the messages of these two prophets coincided, “Repent, for the Kingdom is at hand!”, the means and methods of realizing the reality contained in the messages where worlds apart. While John was advanced, by far, compared to other Old Testament prophets, he was still bound by the limitations of the old order. What the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. In reality, John was there to actually see Jesus and literally do what the law and old religious order was intended by God to do all along – point to Jesus and reveal him as the Son of God.
What a transition! God finally had a true man in the earth. A man that existed in the manner that God intended for man to exist when He created man. A man without sin, not restrained by the bondage of the flesh. A man that was, indeed, a true reflection of the Father’s character and nature. A man who held the Father’s heart within his own. A man who would be about the Father’s business. A Son!
As Jesus was coming up out of the water from being baptized, the heavens opened. The Spirit descended upon Jesus and the Father’s voice was heard making an astounding declaration in the earth for the first time. “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!”
Please notice: Jesus had done absolutely nothing other than submit to the symbolism of baptism which is death, burial and resurrection.
He had not preached one sermon. He had not performed one miracle. He had done no deed of religious service or any work which we would deem worthy of obtaining the Father’s attention. The Father’s affirmation of His Son was not based upon performance. Rather, the love the Father had for His Son was the catalyst for such an incredible affirmation.
Are you beginning to see which operating platform you use? What is it that you “DO” for God that makes you feel that type of love and acceptance? Is it only when you are “good” that you feel it? Is your connection with the Father based upon your “performance” or what you can do for Him? Or, is the Father’s love and acceptance so real to you, that it serves as the operating platform for your life?
God deals with you based upon the operating platform of Sonship. Most believers still work on the Old Operating system. Oh, I know, we like to think/tell ourselves that we are New Covenant believers but our existence and function reveals otherwise. We need an upgrade! A re-programming of sorts. We need to obtain Father’s thoughts so that we can have His ways.
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