The Bible says, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). The speaker is God the Father, through His Spirit in the form of a dove. The Son is Jesus, the savior of mankind. Did Jesus seek His Father’s approval? I’m aware there are exceptions to the rule, but children generally try to please their parents. They seek approval and validation in those relationships and when they don’t get a healthy amount, there is damage.
I always wanted to be just like my dad, wearing the same clothes, eating the same foods, and talking the same way. I wanted to be a builder and preacher like him! I wanted him to be proud of me; I still do. The power of a parent’s influence is incalculable so let’s be careful to support our children appropriately. No doubt, God wanted to validate and support Jesus in His ministry on earth, and let’s not underestimate the good that did for Him as a son.
Consider the human factor, the fear, and the desire for comfort. Jesus emptied himself of Heavenly power and took human form, so He knows what it’s like to feel anxiety over a monumental task (Luke 22:44; Philippians 2:7-8). What about us? Do we feel that kind of anxiety? Do we need that kind of validation and assurance from a father figure? Please read Romans 8 and see the confidence we can have as adopted children of God. We can be heirs with Christ if we suffer with Him (Romans 8:17). Jesus received His Father’s approval through obedience and so can we (Hebrews 5:8)! Will you obey your heavenly Father today?