What Does Luke 3:21 Mean?

When all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. As He was praying, heaven opened,

Luke 3:21(HCSB)

Verse Thoughts

It was only after all the people had been baptised that finally Jesus came to the banks of the Jordan to be baptised of John, the final prophet and priest of Israel and forerunner of the Messiah. Oh, He was not being baptised with John's baptism of repentance, for the holy Lamb of God was sinless.

Jesus had come to fulfil all the righteous requirements of the Law that were demanded for the role of God's High Priest. And so, like Aaron before Him, He was to be washed with water before being anointed with oil as was befitting the role of God's Royal High Priest, after the order of Melchisedek.

Having been baptised in the Jordan, we read that the Lord Jesus was praying to His Heavenly Father, as was His custom. Christ's intercourse with the Father was a constant and continuous communion. And we read that as He was praying, the heavens opened and then the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form, like a dove. And a voice came from heaven saying: "You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Prayer was the open door of fellowship between God the Father and God the Son as He lived His life on earth as the sinless Son of Man. And prayer is the incredible privilege that has been bestowed upon all God's blood-bought children.

Let us seek, as He did, to live our lives in constant and continuous communion with the Father, in the power of the Spirit, for we are all one with Christ and as such are accepted as beloved children of the Father.

My Prayer

Lord, teach me how to pray as Christ prayed. Teach me to live my life in constant and continuous communion with You, to Your praise and glory, AMEN.

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