Note: One of my goals this year is to help the students of AHBC get in the Word more. I’m hoping to write 1 quick devotional each weekday to help. This will follow along with reading 1 chapter of the New Testament each week day, which lets you read the whole new testament in 2017! Today’s chapter is Mark 1.
“11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13a And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.”
These verses come at the end of the story of Jesus baptism in Mark 1. When God the Father looked at his Son Jesus, he said he was, “well pleased.” The wonderful truth of the gospel is that when the Father looks down at us, inspite of our sinfulness, he sees Jesus’ righteousness. The apostle Paul says it like this:
“For our sake he (the Father) made him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ”
2 Corinthians 5:21
If you are in Christ, when God looks at you this morning, he says, “With you I am well pleased!”
Here’s what struck me as I read this passage! As soon as God tells Jesus that he’s pleased with him, he sends him away to the wilderness where Jesus was tempted by Satan!
This year will have it’s ups and downs. It will have it’s temptations and wilderness moments. Remember, that was true even for Jesus. Your trials and your tough times don’t mean God has abandoned you. He sent his only son to die for you!
He’s pleased with you, and the trials we face he works for our good.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him”