Lift up your heads, O you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
the LORD mighty in battle.
Matthew 3:16-17 (NIV)
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
He said in one place, “The Son of man must suffer many things”–of course He must; if He is the Son of man, for the sons of men suffer many things. If the Son of man enters into all these things, as indeed He must if His love is as broad as the human race and as deep as the deepest pit of suffering and sin to which men descend, then, of course, the Son of man must be “the Single Heart through which are forced the else unfelt sorrows of the world.”. . He came not to proclaim the decrees of Heaven, but to be Heaven entering into Earth with all its pains and sorrows and sins. Being the Son of man he must suffer many things. But in suffering many things He becomes the very revelation of the Heart of Things.
-E. Stanley Jones, The Christ of the Indian Road.