Psalm of the Day: Psalm 32
Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 20:1-16
Scripture Reading: Luke 3:21-22
We see in these verses a marvelous proclamation of our Lord's office as Mediator between God and man. A voice was heard from Heaven at His baptism, which said, "You are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased." There is but One who could say this. It was the voice of God the Father.
These solemn words no doubt contain much that is deeply mysterious. One thing however about them is abundantly clear. They are a divine declaration that our Lord Jesus Christ is the promised Redeemer, whom God from the beginning undertook to send into the world and that with His incarnation, sacrifice, and substitution for sinful man God the Father is satisfied and well pleased. In Him, He regards the claim of His holy law as fully discharged. Through Him, He is willing to receive poor sinful man to mercy, and to remember his sins no more.
Let all true Christians rest their souls on these words and draw daily consolation from them. Our sins and shortcomings are many and great. In ourselves we can see no good thing. But if we believe in Jesus the Father sees nothing in us that He cannot abundantly pardon. He regards us as the members of His own dear Son and, for His Son's sake, He is well pleased.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, thank you for providing forgiveness for my sin, small and great. Help me to remember that you are only please when I am submitted to your will.
Action Plan: What is holding me back from pleasing the Lord right this moment?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.