Sample Reading - Daily Notes 31DEC08
Wednesday 31 December 2008
Bible in a Year: 2 Corinthians 13; Revelation 22
So, let it begin
Hear God welcome you, his beloved child, into his presence today. Whatever you think of yourself, God is pleased that you came.
...and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
Luke 3:22, NIV
At last the work is about to begin. The way has been prepared by John and everyone is wondering who this Messiah will be. Is it John? ‘No’, he says, ‘it’s another coming after me’ (vs 15,16). It is important to know who you are in Christ, and what your calling is. John was the greatest of prophets (Jesus’ opinion, see Matthew 11:11), but he was not the Messiah. He knew what his role was once Jesus emerges on the stage. In John 3:30 he says: ‘He must increase but I must decrease.’
Jesus too needs to know who he is, and at his baptism there are two unmistakeable signs. Like a dove descending upon him, God’s Spirit rests upon him. He is the anointed Christ, the one through whom the Spirit would come on all to cleanse and renew them. The second sign is a voice that confirms his identity as God’s beloved Son, the royal Messiah. This audible, divine affirmation would be repeated on the Mount of Transfiguration (see Luke 9:35) as he looks to his coming death. If Jesus needed to know who he was, surely we need to know our identity as the beloved children of a heavenly Father. Out of that confidence we can continue our work also, the work of mission and service.
Throughout today, pause a moment and let God remind you who you are, and rejoice!