In our consideration of God’s beloved Son we looked last month at Isaiah 42. Now we turn to the actual life of the Lord Jesus to hear what God declared of Him in Matthew 3.16. He is about to step out on the path that led to the cross, and here we have a public declaration of the delight that God found in Him during what are commonly known as “the hidden years” – hidden in the main, perhaps, to us, but certainly not to God (Lk 2.52). It also expresses what was manifested openly in the life of God’s perfect Servant, and that was His -

Delight in the Divine Will. This is seen in several ways, for the Lord’s purpose was in every respect to do the will of His Father.

His words. As the Lord Jesus Himself said: “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me” (Jn 6.38). In Hebrews 10.5-9 the writer quotes Psalm 40.6-8 and shows the relevance of David’s words to the person of Christ: “… Lo I come to do thy will, O God”.

His priority. Paul emphasised this in Romans 15.3 in stating that “ …even Christ pleased not Himself”. His meat. To the disciples at the well He states that, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work” (Jn 4.34), and He brings together the service of God and the will of God. For the Lord they were inseparable.

His purpose. Think about His words in Gethsemane - “Not as I will, but as Thou wilt … Thy will be done” (Mt 26.39-42) – and then meditate on the One whose delight in the divine will was absolute, and perfect, and was so matchlessly shown in His obedience unto death, even the death of the cross (Phil 2.8).

What about us? As He delighted in the divine will, should we not follow His example? It will involve heart motivation and commitment, but, as much as lieth in us, let us, too, delight in God’s will.