Tag: This is My Son

The Father’s Declaration!

Scripture reading for July 20th: 2nd Chronicles 19-20, 2nd Kings 1, Psalm 20, Matthew 3

Matthew 3:13-17 “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is My Beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased.””

Matthew recorded the story of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan river by John the Baptist. John humbly recognized that Jesus was His Lord and should be baptizing him. John knew that Jesus would baptize His followers with the Holy Spirit and fire and warned people to prepare their hearts in repentance. But Jesus was fulfilling His Father’s instructions by identifying with sinful man’s need of cleansing by being baptized Himself in preparation for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. After the Spirit descended on Jesus from an open heaven, His Father spoke in declaration: “This is My Beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased.” As triumphant believers, we will hear a similar declaration at the fullness of our salvation: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much. Enter into the joys of the Master.” Matthew 25:21, 23

Psalm 20:6-7 “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer Him from His holy heaven with the saving might of His right Hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will trust in the Name of the Lord our God.”

Prayer: Father God, I believe Your great declaration concerning Jesus Christ. I thank You for Your plan of salvation and cleansing us from sin pictured in the baptism of Jesus Christ. As Jesus went under the water, signifying dying for our sins, He then came up out of the water, signifying His resurrection and the completion of our salvation. By faith in Jesus Christ I know I am Your child and I await hearing Your declaration over my life at the resurrection.

2nd Chronicles 20:20 “And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe His prophets and you will succeed.”

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The Father Speaks!

Scripture reading for January 23rd:  Matthew 17

Jesus wanted to be sure that His key leadership among the disciples had ample revelation of who He really was.  He took Peter, James and John to a high mountain.  “There He was transfigured before them.  His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.”  (Matthew 17:2-3)  This experience had to make a deep impression on these ordinary men!  Jesus was changed so that He radiated a bright light from His face and clothes.  His true nature was on display!

Then, two figures from Israel’s past emerged and were recognized by Peter.  Moses was the great “law-giver” and leader raised up by God to lead them out of slavery and bondage in Egypt.  Elijah was the great prophet who confronted idolatry and sin and called God’s people back to the worship of the one true God.  They met with Jesus to talk about the mission that God had for His Son. Peter began to make a suggestion to Jesus. “While he (Peter) was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My Son, whom I love:  with Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!”  (Matthew 17:5)

When the Father spoke from the cloud, the disciples fell face-down on the ground and were filled with fear!  Jesus touched them, encouraging them not to be afraid!  They looked up and no one was there but Jesus!  Peter, years later, recorded his memory of this incident.  “but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.  For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory. . .”  (2nd Peter 1:16-17)  The Father testified:  “This is My Son!”

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“This is My Son, whom I Love”

Scripture reading for January 25th: Matthew 17, Psalm 18:7-19, Proverbs 4:20-23

Six days after the confession of Peter that Jesus was the Christ, Son of the living God, Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a high mountain.  He then was transfigured before them and His face began to shine like the sun.  Moses and Elijah appeared there as well and talked to Jesus.  Peter was overcome and told Jesus that he would build three shelters for them.  While Peter was still speaking, a cloud enveloped them all and a voice spoke from the cloud, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5)

God the Father spoke a word of instruction and blessing to the disciples that caused them to fall face down on the ground in terror!  This whole experience was like being involved in heaven’s business and they did not know how to react.  Jesus went and touched them, telling them to get up and not be afraid.  (Matthew 17:6-8)  As they looked up, Jesus was there alone and they must have wondered if they were seeing things.

Jesus is indeed the Son of God.  As He stood on the mountain to meet with Moses and Elijah, God allowed the disciples to see the glory surrounding His Son and to see two famous figures from Israel’s history alive in glory as well.  Moses represents the law and old covenant and was one of the greatest men of the Old Testament.  Elijah was a famous prophet and miracle worker who called the nation of Israel to choose whom they would serve.  Moses died and God buried him but Elijah was taken to heaven by a whirlwind.  (Deuteronomy 34:5-6) (2nd Kings 2:11-12)  But the Father’s voice spoke confirming that this was Jesus Christ, His Son.  We must believe the witness and listen to Him!  He is greater than Moses and greater than Elijah!

Peter quotes the Father’s statement in 2nd Peter 1:16-18 in writing his final letter to the believers of his day.  “We were eyewitnesses of His majesty.  For He received honor and glory from the God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” This event confirms again that Jesus was and is the Son of God!  Are you listening to Him?

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