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Signposts: Daily Devotions

Written by William A. Kolb

Friday, January 7

And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased."
—Matthew 3:16-17

For me, Jesus' credibility—the validity of his teachings, words and actions throughout the New Testament—rests upon the record of witnesses contained in scripture and in history books (Josephus, a historian of that era, tells of Jesus). It also rests upon my belief in the resurrection, which I see as the "stamp of authenticity" that God came to earth in the birth and life of His Son.

This passage from Matthew adds another layer to the foundation of credibility. Those present at Jesus' baptism report that God spoke and blessed His Son. Their witness affirms that Jesus brings God's word and guidance for us. His teachings are not just those of a good teacher; what Jesus has to say is God speaking to us.

The wisdom of the words Jesus spoke further testify to his identity. Teachings like those in the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) are as life-changing now as they were 2,000 years ago. We can all learn from this portrait of youthful foolishness, remorse and insight that come with suffering, and the tramsforming power of grace-filled love.

Perhaps the most powerful witness to Christ's real presence—yesterday, today and always—is the profound effect he's had upon billions of people over two millennia. Think about the lives he has changed, the writings he's inspired, his influence on world affairs, culture, art and faith since his earthly ministry, death and rising.

Truly, this man—this divine Saviour who was anointed by our Creator/God—is the Lord of all the earth.


Lord we thank you for sending your Son to give us light and life. Amen.

These Signposts originally appeared on explorefaith in 2007.