Luke 3: 22 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

1,800 years before, God spoke to a man named Abraham. Abraham was in his seventies and his wife Sarah in her fifties when they got the news from God that they would have a child. Sure enough after about fifteen years a boy named Isaac was born. And then one day, about twelve years later, God spoke again and said, “Take your son, your beloved son and take him to a mountain that I will show you and there offer him as a sacrifice to me.” Those words must have crushed Abraham. But he took his “beloved son” to the mountain. Fortunately God stopped Abraham. If you read through out the rest of the Bible you will find the only other time “beloved son” is used is with Jesus. Here his Jesus, thirty years old, and he hears those words, “the beloved son.” “Beloved sons” are marked for death. At thirty years of age the “Beloved Son of God” knew he came to die. Amen