THE BELOVED SON
"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well
pleased" (Matthew 17:5).
This title of endearment describes the unbroken love relationship that has always existed
between the Father and the Son. The designation "My beloved Son," is an
affirmation of God's pleasure in the perfection of His Son. It is an audible, public
endorsement of Christ's preeminence over all the universe.
Even before the ordeal of Gethsemane, the agony of Calvary, and the triumph of the
resurrection, God could confidently express His complete satisfaction in His Son. He could
confidently declare in advance that He was well pleased in His beloved Son. On the mount
of transfiguration, God not only voiced His satisfaction of Jesus, but added, "Listen
to Him!? (Matthew 17:5, NIV). This is God's way of saying, "My beloved Son, in whom I
am well pleased, is heaven's authentic spokesman," By this affirmation, God verified
forever the redemptive credentials of Jesus Christ our matchless Saviour. God's approval
of His son was a response to Jesus' prayer. Jesus prayed as our substitute and surety, and
now the human family may find access to the Father through the merits of His well-beloved
Those who accept the saving grace of Christ are drawn into the same filial oneness with
the Father. The apostle Paul referred to this bond between the Redeemer and the redeemed
by declaring that God chose us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world and
"made us accepted in the Beloved" (Ephesians 1:6, NKJV). What a sublime
privilege! In a parallel passage, Paul declared, "For he has rescued us from the
dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves" (Colossians
1:13, NIV). When Jesus comes to set up His kingdom, "He comes as One equal with God,
as His own beloved Son, Prince of heaven and earth. He is also the Redeemer of His people,
the Life-giver."--In Heavenly Places, p. 357.
My Prayer Today: Lord, I thank You that Your beloved Son is my loving Saviour.