Bible in a Year:
This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
Today’s Scripture & Insight:
My friend’s father died recently. When he got sick, his condition deteriorated quickly, and in a matter of days he was gone. My friend and his dad always had a strong relationship, but there were still so many questions to be asked, answers to be sought, and conversations to be had. So many unsaid things, and now his father is gone. My friend is a trained counselor: he knows the ups and downs of grief and how to help others navigate those troubled waters. Still, he told me, “Some days I just need to hear Dad’s voice, that reassurance of his love. It always meant the world to me.”
A pivotal event at the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry was His baptism at the hands of John. Although John tried to resist, Jesus insisted that moment was necessary so He might identify with humankind: “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15). John did as Jesus asked. And then something happened that proclaimed Jesus’ identity to John the Baptist and the crowd, and it must have also deeply touched Jesus’ heart. The Father’s voice reassured His Son: “This is my Son, whom I love” (v. 17).
That same voice in our hearts reassures believers of His great love for us (1 John 3:1).
By: John Blase
Reflect & Pray
When have you heard the Father’s voice speak reassuring words to you? How can you reach out to others today and encourage them with that same reassurance?
Father, thank You so much for Your reassuring voice telling me whose I am and how much I’m loved.
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