Is it possible that Jesus had to believe? I’m not saying this is true, I am simply asking the question. After all, he was God in the flesh, but what did he give up when he “emptied himself”? (Phil 2:2) Was there an element of belief required on his part for God the Father to act? I think on some level Jesus had to believe what God the Father said about him. I’m sure Jesus heard stories from him Mother about who he was, but we have no indication from Scripture that the Father spoke directly to Jesus before he came out of the Jordan, “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matt 3:17)
After the voice of God came from the clouds, Jesus life on earth was all about living into who he was as the Son of God. I believe that this voice was the only voice that Jesus really heard. Sure, he engaged in conversation with others, listened to the crowds and people in need, but all of these voices were secondary. The only voice that mattered to him was the voice of the one that called him Beloved.
Oh that we would allow that voice to be the primary one that we listen to. It would change the way we think, act and respond. To believe, I mean really believe that we are children of God would cause us to live differently. “Beloved, now we are children of God” (1 Jn 3:2) Now means now! Right now you and I are sons and daughters of God. May we live into this reality today and allow His voice to be the only one that we truly listen to.