Luke 3:21-22 “The Testimony of God and the Revelation of the Trinity”
Have you ever asked God for a sign? Have you ever wanted Him to show you himself in a tangible way? i can think of many time in my life where I faced a decision or a crisis, and I wanted some kind of sign from God, something I can point to and say, “That was the moment God spoke to me.” Well, to be honest, there are two ways to look at the search for a sign from God. One is to say, look around you, look at the river noticed how the power of water has carved this path from the mountains to the ocean, look at the trees, look at the animals and the insects, how they all work together, look at the seasons. Notice how summer always turns to fall, and fall to winter. When people ask for a sign from God, I am sure God is looking down and with love in his eyes saying, “Just look around, I have given you all you need to see my power and nature.” The second way is to look at the times when God has spoken to you through the Bible. In this book are recorded many historical moments when God revealed himself to people in powerful ways. The story that we are going to look at today is one of those moments when God revealed something about Himself that was recorded for us to now read and build our faith. Lets look at the text
So what he says here is that all the people who came to get baptized got baptized, and that included Jesus. Now, you may know the there are many stories that are not included in all the gospels, but this one is mentioned in all 4 gospels. (Matt. 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, John 1:32) Matthew’ is probably the most descriptive and includes the conversation between Jesus and John. All four though talk about what happened when Jesus came up out of the water. This is a huge moment is Jesus’ life and a pivotal moment for our understanding of God’s character.
So, why are these two verses such a huge moment in the life of Jesus, and indeed all Christians? Because Two things are revealed at his baptism. 1. God himself testifies to who Jesus is. 2. The doctrine of the Trinity is on display in this passage.
So, lets look at those two things and then see why they matter to us, and help us to be certain about what we have been taught.
Gods testimony: So far in this book, we have had a number of witnesses telling us about Jesus. We have Mary and Joseph, shepherds, and priests, we have Elizabeth, John in utero, and Angels all have testified to the divinity of Jesus. Now in this text we have the most compelling voice on the matter that of God Himself.