This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Mt 3:17)
It is a testimony by which the Father has testified
in the story of the birth story of Jesus Christ. We
would like to take it as a point of meditation at the
“My beloved Son” is a statement that
indicates the everlasting love between the
Father and the Son. In that the Lord said in (Jn
17:24) “for You loved Me before the foundation of the
world”. And about that love He said too: “O Father,
glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which
I had with You before the world was.” (Jn 17:5).
As for the statement “My Son, in whom I am
well pleased”, means the eternal pleasure that
the Father has for the Son, not only at the
baptism time, but in everything He did during
the time in which he was incarnated.
The pleasure the Father has in the Son has so
many reasons, of which are:
1- The Father was pleased with His Son at the time
of His baptism for He has come to be baptized by
one of His followers or His Assistants while He is
the greatest priest according to the order of
Melchizedek (Ps 110:4). This shows His humility
that gave the Father pleasure in Him. And out of
His humility He said to John the Baptist “Permit it
to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all
righteousness” (Mt 3:15).
2- The baptism by John the Baptist was a repentance
baptism. Sinners went for it to be baptized
“confessing their sins” (Mt 3:6). But as for the
Lord Christ, He is Holy with no sins and did not
need the repentance baptism.
So His baptism was another form of
humility that pleased the Father in Him.
Sin has entered the world because of pride,
when Satan said “I will ascend above the heights
of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” (Is
14:14). That is same pride he used to make the
first man fall by saying to Eve “you will be like
God…” (Gn 3:5).
3- The Son was also a point of pleasure for the
Father for He “made Himself of no reputation,
taking the form of a bondservant, and coming
in the likeness of men” (Phil 2:7). And He pleased
the Father with His Humility.
4- He also pleased the Father because He lived on
earth gentle and lowly in Heart (Mt 11:29). The
prophecy that the Lord said in the book of Prophet
Isaiah has come true in Him (Is 42:1-4): “Behold!
My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom
My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will
not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His
voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He
will not break, And smoking flax He will not
quench;" (Mt 12:18-20).
5- Also the Father was pleased with the Son
because He executed in Himself the
requirements of the Divine Justice.
Before that, as was said in the book of
Prophet Isaiah “All we like sheep have gone
astray; We have turned, every one, to his own
way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of
us all” (Is 53:6). He accepted that all the
iniquities of the human race be laid on Him ever
since the first man till the end of the ages. And
He became “wounded for our transgressions, He
was bruised for our iniquities” (Is 53:5). And thus
the Father was pleased in Him as he redeemed
6- And so in His sufferings the Father was pleased
with Him. And it was said about Him in Prophet
Isaiah book “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise
Him; He has put Him to grief” (Is 53:10).
7- And since the redemption that the Lord wanted
required a righteous sinless person to die for the
sins of others, since He will not have any sin to
Therefore it pleased the Father that
Christ is the perfect righteous who can do
the redemption act. As for the rest of humans,
it applied to them what was said on the psalm:
“They have all turned aside, They have together
become corrupt; There is none who does good,
No, not one.” (Ps 14:3). In contrast to Christ on
whom applies a prophecy in the Ecclesiastes Book
which said: “One man among a thousand I have
found” (Ec 7:28).
8- The Father was also pleased with Him
because He always followed the Father’s
He used to say to Him: “nevertheless, not as I
will, but as You will” also says: “I have come
down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the
will of Him who sent Me”. And said about himself
in John’s Gospel: “the Son can do nothing of
Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for
whatever He does, the Son also does in like
manner” (Jn 5:19).
This shows us the unity of will between the
Father and the Son gathering them as the unity of
divinity does. This unity of will was a source of
pleasure for the Father.
9- The Lord Christ concentrated in most of His
talking on the Father and that made the
Father pleased with Him.
He used to say that the Father sent Him. And
he said to His disciples: “the Father Himself loves
you, because you have loved Me” (Jn 16:27). And
he used to talk about His relation with the Father
saying: “I am in the Father and the Father in Me”
“He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (Jn
Also said “I and My Father are one” (Jn 10:30).
10- What also made the Father pleased with Him is
that He introduced God to people as a Father and
a loving Father…
He used to repeat a lot the phrase “the
Heavenly Father”: “your heavenly Father knows
that you need all these things” (Mt 6:32). “Your
Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you
openly” (Mt 6:4). And taught people to pray
saying: “Our Father in heaven” (Mt 6:9). And said
to them: “be perfect, just as your Father in
heaven is perfect” (Mt 5:48).
11- What also pleased the Father was the Son’s
saying: “I have declared to them Your
name…” “and will declare it, that the love with
which You loved Me may be in them, and I in
them” (Jn 17:26). Also His saying: “I have
manifested Your name to the men whom You
have given Me” (Jn 17:6). And the name that
introduced Him to all people is a name full of love.
12- What also made the Father pleased with Him was
His saying: “I have glorified You on the earth.
I have finished the work which You have
given Me to do” (Jn 17:4). No doubt, this is very
joyful. We can never find such a report about the
service of any person, maybe in the history of the
13- Even from the part of His talking and teaching, He
says to the Father (what pleases Him): “For I
have given to them the words which You
have given Me” (Jn 17:8).
Imagine that, even when He is God the Word,
He says to the Father “the words which You have
given Me”, meaning that the teaching I teach
people with is from You Yourself… Although it was
said about the Lord Christ that he is “the wisdom
of God” (1Co 1:24). And yet he says “the words
which You have given Me…”. That’s why the
Father was pleased with Him.
14- Also among the things that made the Father
pleased with Him was that He presented to
humans the divine picture that they lost.
They have been created in the image of God ever
since the beginning (Gn 1:26). They lost this
image by sin and the Lord Christ returned it to
them who also said to them: “For I have given
you an example, that you should do as I have
done to you” (Jn 13:15).
15- He was also a source of pleasure for the Father
because He “went about doing good” (Ac 10:38).
He was a source of love for everyone, healing
the sick, casting out demons, comforting the
suffering, teaching and blessing, fulfilling
everyone from His favor and correcting the
16- The Father was pleased with the Son because He
was the light of the world and He gave His
disciples also to be the light of the world (Mt
That is why among the matters that pleased
the Father’s heart as well was that he gathered a
group of disciples to carry a message so that
there will be a continuity for proper teaching,
preaching and building in God’s Kingdom. He
made of those shepherds (leaders), teachers and
Among what also pleased the Father was that
the Lord Christ, on spite of Him being busy with
service, He had His many periods of prayer
and meditation. And how pretty is the
statement “And everyone went to his own house.
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.” (Jn 7:53-
8:1). Yet it is even prettier what was said about
Him before choosing His disciples that “He went
out to the mountain to pray, and continued all
night in prayer to God” (Lk 6:12). This indicates
His continual connection with God. Of course from
the hypostasis point of view this connection to the
Father was eternal. But from the point of view of
His humanity, His connection to the Father was
continuous as well. And this was a source of
pleasure to the Father.
I remember an old story that I read more
than 50 years ago about one of the soldiers who
divided the His garments during the time He was
crucified. This soldier says about Christ:
“His shoes were my share so I wore it. And
these shoes lead me in roads I never knew
before. And finally brought me to the Mount of
Olives. And I who never knew about prayer,
found myself kneeling close to one of the tress
17- Also He was the Father’s source of pleasure in
that He overcame the world and defeated Satan.
Thus He said to His disciples “be of good
cheer, I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33).
It is also known that He defeated Satan in the
three temptations mentioned on Mathew’s Gospel
(Mt 4). Yet it was said in Luke’s Gospel that after
those temptations “Now when the devil had ended
every temptation, he departed from Him until an
opportune time” (Lk 4:13) meaning that he was
back again. And every time Satan was defeated
by Him… Until the Lord Christ said: “I saw Satan
fall like lightning from heaven” (Lk 10:18).
Christ represents the life of triumph that
pleased the Father. About that said the apostle
later that He “leads us in triumph” (2Co 2:14).
18- Here I would like to include an important note in
all the triumphs of the Lord Christ that made him
a source of pleasure for the Father and that is
that He did not use his divinity for the sake of
the comfort of His humanity…
Thus He starved, got thirsty, got tired, slept,
felt pain and suffered all human sufferings and
bore them although His divinity parted not from
His humanity for a single moment nor a twinkling
of an eye…
19- The Father was pleased in Him because for the
people He was the good shepherd.
As was mentioned in (Ps 23) He made them
lie down in green pastures and lead them beside
the still waters. And He moved with compassion
for them when the human shepherds ignored
them and they were “weary and scattered, like
sheep having no shepherd” (Mt 9:36). He also
said about Himself: “I am the good shepherd. The
good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (Jn
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