Daily Devotional 1-10-20

Who is this Jesus? 
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17

A senior pastor asked his associate to preach on a particular Sunday because he would be out of town. But, on that Sunday, he did not travel. He disguised himself as a poor man and went to his church. No one recognized him, and he was treated with scorn. At the end of the service, he revealed himself to the shame and shock of the members.

God wanted the Jews to have a very clear knowledge of who the man Jesus was. He didn’t want them to take Him to be a new teacher and a prophet in town. He did not want any confusion of identities about Jesus and John. Therefore, as Jesus came out of the water, the Holy Spirit settled on Him in a bodily form of a dove. And the Father spoke from heaven: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

When we see Jesus as He is, we will worship Him as we ought!

The Jews only knew prophets and teachers of the law. The then world had philosophers and sages whose thought, ideas and wisdom shaped life and culture, just like today. Therefore, with the confirmation from heaven, the Father distinguished Jesus from all other men. And, indeed, He is above all (John 1:1, 10:10).  No one equals Him.

In this statement is the certainty that Jesus was indeed the Chosen One—the Son of God. If He was the Son of God then the way in front of Him was the way of the cross. He was the king whose throne was the cross. He was the king who came to identify with His people.

If we are certain about Jesus, we will take His words seriously. If we believe Jesus reveals the Father to humanity, we will do well to follow Him wholeheartedly. If we know He is the Love of the Father to us, we will not love other things more than Him.

Who is Jesus to you?

PRAYER: Forgive me, Lord, for holding a rather casual view about you sometimes. Help me, with a fresh revelation, to walk in ways that reflect my allegiance to you.