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Day Five – “Implication #3: Silence is Broken…Approved by the Father”

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Matthew 3:15-17 (NIV)

Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.  16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Isaiah 42:1-4 (NIV)

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,

my chosen one in whom I delight;

I will put my Spirit on him,

and he will bring justice to the nations.

2He will not shout or cry out,

or raise his voice in the streets.

3A bruised reed he will not break,

and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

4he will not falter or be discouraged

till he establishes justice on earth.

In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

Reflection

When a childhood friend we hadn’t heard from for many years contacts us out of the blue, we can go through a range of thoughts or emotions. Maybe we become nostalgic or we wonder why they thought of us now. Perhaps we are not sure how to respond, but it usually is something we take note of.

The time between the Old and the New Testament was a period of around 300 to 400 years where God was silent in the sense that there were no prophets or direct revelation. And so this voice that is heard from heaven is not only significant in declaring who Jesus is, but also as a broad breaking of silence to speak directly to us again, now in Jesus, upon whom the Spirit has come and the salvation ramifications are tremendous.

Responding to the Word

Isaiah helps us understand what the Father is declaring about Jesus at the baptism. It is not just about the relation between the two, but speaks to Jesus’ purpose in fulfilling the Father’s business of loving and saving. Let’s thank our Father that He continues to speak this salvation message into our lives and pray that this message would be shared on our campuses, in our cities and across the whole world.

Day Four – “Implication #2: The Dove…Empowered by the Spirit”

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Day Three – “Implication #1: Fulfillment…Let it be”

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Day Two – “The Baptism”

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Day One – “The Voice”

Monday, January 20th, 2014