Matthew 3:13-17 New Living Translation
13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”
15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.
16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
Today I went in to a new church that was in the area. It was a "word" church and the Pastor seemed to be a very godly man. He was sharing how his grandmother raised him and how God had always taken care of her. When I worship God I always worship very boldly or sing pretty loud. Sometime I clap my hands and it is a bit loud because I have learned that you can warfare in worship at the same time that most people are merely singing or clapping. As I was worshipping there were three little girls in the pew ahead of me about four or five, maybe. As I was singing somewhat loud a few of them looked up at me. This often happens, children love to see what is going on while most adults will just ignore you. Some with respect others with disdain. It just depends on the maturity of the believers. Well as the one little girl looked up, I just winked at her and smiled. She just melted and you could see her spirit just glow. She started to giggle a little and turned away. A few minutes later the Pastor had us all hold hands and I was off to a corner at the end of the pew. As the mother in front reached out to hold my hand she was holding the little girls hand that I winked at with her other hand. Next to her, however was another little girl. Soon she was looking up at me, yet she didn't look as happy as the first little girl, maybe a little dejected. Well I smiled at her and offered my hand to this little girl and she just melted, glowed, smiled and shyly turned away. Later, I was thinking of what I wrote last night about having Jesus smile upon us. If you have never worshipped God or have done something in Faith to please him, and have never seen him smile at you then you just don't understand the Gospel. When Jesus smiles at you, you become like one of those little children. There is nothing at that moment that any body could offer you or any thing that someone could do for you to equal it. For a fleeting moment, you just know that heaven itself opened just to show you the smile on the master’s face. It is as if all of heaven shows you a little respect and your spirit just becomes ten feet tall. I think this is how heaven will be. We will be there in resurrected bodies but the greatest treasure in heaven will be when the Lord personally smiles at you and says, " well done, my good and faithful servant". He won’t say it once though. It will be said for eternity. Over and over and over! This man didn' t enter heaven naked and unclothed, they will shout, this man finished his race. This man did what I ask him to do. Well done, my good and faithful servant! Well done.....