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"This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." - Matthew 3:17

If there was anyone who didn't seem to need to hear this from his father it was Jesus.  Just saying.

But maybe we just don't understand how human Jesus really was, how much he needed encouragement, or the importance of certain rites of passage into manhood.  But I don't want to really camp out on any of those things today.

The thing that struck me today as I pondered these words spoken by a Father to his Son was the timing of these words.

Jesus was 30 years old.  He hadn't done any public ministry yet.  We have little recorded about the three decades of his life up to this moment.  No following.  No miracles.  No nothin'.

He was a carpenter by trade helping out his step-dad, Joseph, with the family b'ness.  He was from Nazareth and based on it's reputation ("What good thing could come out of Nazareth?") I'm guessing he wasn't doing anything impressive in his te…

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