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Daily Readings: 23rd June 2016

Matthew 3.16-17 cont.

16 Now, having been baptized, straightaway Jesus went up from the water, and the Heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God coming down upon Him, coming as a dove.

17 And see a voice from the heavens said: “This One is My dearly loved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

At the time of writing we do not have valid passports, which means that we are restricted to travelling within the UK. If we tried to enter another country we would most likely be turned away and refused entry, because we have nothing to say who we are etc.

A passport states who people are, and that various checks have been made to validate some ones identity. Sometimes a visa is also required for someone to visit another country.

The passport for Jesus entering into the ministry for which He came into the world was the voice of His Father saying:

“This One is My dearly loved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

On hearing this voice John would know for certain that Jesus was the One who was to follow Him, the one whose sandals he was not worthy to carry, the one whom he could declare is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Jesus would also have confirmed on Him the delight of His Father on His leaving the privacy of His family life and presenting Himself to enter into His Heavenly Calling to save sinners.

The voice of the Father was His passport, giving Him His true identity, and permission to bring the Kingdom of God to the earth.

Later, on the mountain top as He was transfigured before Peter, James, and John the voice of His Heavenly Father spoke through the clouds and said:

“This is My dearly loved son, listen to Him.” – Mark 9.7.

Every believer needs to receive Heavens passport, which is our Father’s calling on our life so that we know who we are in Jesus. We are called to be His children:

Look at the kind of love the Father has given to us that we should be called the children of God, and we are – 1 John 3.1.

As His children He also calls us to be ambassadors for Him:

“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” – 2 Corinthians 5.20 (NLT).

Heavens passport gives us the freedom and authority in Jesus to be and to do all He calls us to.

 

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