The Book of Luke, John the Baptist, Part X – Lesson 32
Luke 3:21-38, Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
So the words of God that Luke records on the occasion of the baptism of Christ, “Thou art My beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased” designates Jesus as the king of Israel, Israel’s Messiah.
At the announcement of the birth of Christ back in chapter 1 the son ship of Christ and David’s throne were connected and now God has declared it so at the baptism of Christ.
Remember Luke 1:32, He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
What was foretold in Luke 1:32 has now come to be in Luke 3:21-22.
John the Baptist is the Old Testament prophet who was privileged to take part in the coronation of Jesus Christ as king of Israel.
Samuel, the first of the prophets in the line of Old Testament prophets, was told by God the Father who to annoint as King of Israel.
This happened in both cases of Saul and David.
In the case of Saul it is recorded in 1 Samuel 9:15-16, Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 16To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.
In the case of David this is recorded in 1 Samuel 16:12, And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
But in this case Jesus Christ came to John to be baptized or anointed and told John to do so in spite of John’s protestations.
Matthew 3:13-17, Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
But God the Father entered the scene and verified this process of anointing Jesus Christ as King by declaring him to be his beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased and accompanied by the giving of the Holy Spirit.