(Starting this week and on through Easter our Devotionals will come from the Gospel of Mark and will be coordinated with Pastor Ben’s series on the Life of Christ from the Gospel of Mark)
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Mark 1:9-11
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Why is that which we call sin so big of a problem for God that it requires the sending of his son, Jesus Christ, to be crucified and raised from the dead? It is all rooted in what God is like. He is Holy and righteous and these qualities of His nature demand that sin be atoned for. He is willing to atone for sin on our behalf through the sacrifice of His Son because He loves us so much and He knows we can’t reverse the problem of sin ourselves. He made us to be in a love relationship with Himself, but we have rebelled and are cut off from Him because of sin. What a marvelous thing it is that we matter to God, and that He was willing to send His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, on our behalf.
We look back to all that Jesus accomplished subsequent to his showing up on the public scene with John the Baptist. But what if we had been on the scene a well. Like everyone else, we would not be tuned into the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and his mission of redemption. We would have needed help to make the connection that this particular person, Jesus, was indeed the one who was sent by God to be the Redeemer of the world. This is why the three things in today’s verses take place. John baptizing Jesus, the heavens opening and the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus like a dove, and the voice of God the Father coming out of the heavens and saying, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased” all help establish this connection.
The entire series from the Gospel of Mark will help foster this connection even further so that we realize the true greatness of the Lord Jesus Christ, grasp the huge impact He has had on the world so far, and envision all that is yet to come as the message of redemption increasingly spreads and the advancement of his kingdom takes place more and more.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, what amazing lengths you have you have gone to provide for my spiritual welfare. I am so grateful that I matter to you. Thank you for loving me, forgiving me, and coming to live in me. I am yours forever and that means you will never give up on me. I truly have a wonderful Savior who will complete the good work that has been started in me. Even though it is still my life in the sense that I responsible for it, it is no longer I who live it, but rather it is you living it through me. Help me to let you do this as freely and fully as possible. Amen!
Posted on Thu, January 11, 2018
by Ken Hart