Our scripture this week is Matthew 3:13-17.
Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
“Let it be so now” Jesus says. He is aware of what this means – that as our human role model He has been called to do the things we do and go through what we go through. There aren’t any special privileges. Yes, He is the Son of God, but while He was with us He was one of us.
Jesus came to earth to show us what we could be – God’s chosen ones, His children, and what that could mean in our lives now and in eternity. He taught that by loving God and each other, we could be blessed beyond anything we can imagine. He taught us that once we know this we are called to share that blessing with everyone.
Jesus said “Let it be so now” because it will be very different later. Matthew 25:31-32 tells us “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” When He returns things will be much different and we must be ready.
Heavenly Father, we are sorry for the things we do for ourselves, not giving glory to You, forgetting that You have given us everything. Help us to follow the lessons Jesus taught us that at the last day we may be found worthy to enter Your kingdom. Amen.