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    A Voice From Above

    John 1:29-34 January 6, 2021 Tom Linderman
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    Wednesday in the Word

    January 6, 2021 

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    We have now concluded looking at John 1:1-34 and learned many things about our Lord Jesus and His Advent into the world.  In this passage, among other things, Jesus showed His agreement with John’s message of repentance and displayed the fullness of the Holy Spirit in Himself when he was baptized into the water.   John then goes on to quickly tell of Jesus inviting disciples to follow him, yet he leaves out something that all three other Gospel writers described happened at His baptism.

    Mark 1:11  And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

    Imagine being there and witnessing this moment.  At first, Jesus’ baptism may have not seemed much different than many others that day, but then something amazing happened.   They heard a voice from heaven! What they heard God say and not say is significant. 

    God didn’t say anything about Jesus being the long-awaited Messiah, the Savior of the World, and Lord of all!  Instead, God said what Jesus and all listening even today, needed to hear.

    “You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased”  

    Is there anyone that doesn't need to hear that they are loved and that they have pleased someone?  It’s the critical affirmation that every child of God needs to hear.   We must know that we are in the family of God and that God loves us deeply!  As adopted children, we must understand the Father's heart of love for each of us.   If we don’t hear and know that, we are doomed to an endless quest looking for love, acceptance, and validation.

    Hear God’s heart saying to you, His child, that you are beloved, and precious to Him.  

    Romans 8:15  “you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

    Will you come to Him and grow in your understanding of how deeply He loves you?  Let His Spirit within you speak to you and you too will hear “You are my beloved child, now and forevermore!”

    Pastor Tom

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