The Prince of Peace in 2020

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17

John had to be taken aback by this incident. He knew who approached him and he certainly wanted to do the right thing.

Recall in Exodus God spoke aloud to the Israelites several times. He didn’t do it often in the New Testament, namely because the very Word of God was in their presence. But on this occasion, he made it known who was being baptized and His pleasure in the matter.

So in these verses the entire Trinity is present. The Holy Spirit descending “like a dove” is an interesting yet fitting analogy. Even in English we say “as harmless as a dove.” The dove has always represented peace, which is certainly fitting for Him to descend on the Prince of Peace.

We need the Prince of Peace in this world more than ever, and especially more so when countries are opened back up as a result of the coronavirus. Because of the coming high unemployment and economic upheaval, people will be desperate and searching for answers. They’re doing that now, but the full weight of shutting down entire countries hasn’t hit.

These are unprecedented times and they call for an unprecedented Savior.

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