Hearing voices from the sky is sometimes viewed as a psychological problem where the person is in need of help. However, in the case of Jesus at his baptism, it was not a psychological event but a confirmation of his ministry from God, the Father!
According to William Barclay, the two sentences strike an important chord in the minds of the Jews because each is a quotation that describes the Messiah. The first is Psalm 2:7, describing the king who was to come, and the other is Isaiah 42:1, which is the Suffering Servant.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.