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"Prayerfully Reiterate Always Immanuel's Service Everyday!"

By Ramesh C.Reddy
Pittsburgh Standard

January 18, 2007

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." (Mark 1:9-11, NIV)

I asked myself who are all the CHARACTERS involved:
1. Jesus
2. John
3. Spirit
4. Voice

I asked myself what happened as Jesus was coming up out of the water!
1. Jesus saw heaven being torn open.
2. Jesus saw the Spirit descending on Him like a Dove.
3. A voice came from heaven

I decided to look at the 3 points more closely and I was reminded of the previous devotional S.T.A.N.D
to remember the reasons for the praise.

I asked myself what is the significance of each point?

Point 1: Jesus saw heaven being torn open.

That is so amazing that Jesus saw heaven being torn open because He was baptized in the Jordan by John. Heaven opened as Jesus identified with humanity when He was willing to be baptized. Coming up out of the water reminded me of baptism by immersion as opposed to baptism by sprinkling. If people want to be baptized, it would be awesome to be baptized as Jesus was baptized in the water. That is my preference!

Not only that but something remarkable happened which is evident in Point 2.

Point 2:  ‘Jesus saw the Spirit descending on Him like a Dove!’

When the heaven was torn open and the Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove, I was reminded of Jesus as the Prince of Peace because dove is usually seen as a symbol of peace.  This is the first instance we see the Spirit descending on Jesus after Jesus was willing to be baptized. The crowds who were there witnessed it too as revealed in another Gospel. It did not end there which is evident by Point 3.

Point 3: A voice came from heaven.

I asked myself what was the content message of the voice and the significance of each point?

After the Spirit descended on Jesus, the voice said 3 things:

  1. You are my Son.

  2. Whom I love.

  3. With you I am well pleased.

 I decided to look at these 3 statements:

Statement 1: You are my Son.

The voice is giving identity to Jesus for humans benefit. I believe even as Jesus began to relate with humanity, the voice made many in the crowd to realize Jesus has characteristics of divinity. All of the people there were probably Jews who were waiting and expecting a Messiah to deliver them from Rome and what they have been going through. Now Jesus comes up out of the water after being baptized and a voice says, 'You are my Son'. This has to remind people of the prophesy again from the Book of Isaiah specifically Isaiah 9:6 which states, "For to us a child is born, to us a SON is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, PRINCE OF PEACE." Jesus is referred to there as MIGHTY GOD and also EVERLASTING FATHER to reveal characteristics of His divinity even in His humanity as He walked the earth.

 The voice does not stop there which is evident by point 2.

Statement 2: Whom I love.

This is so cool to know that the voice actually lets Jesus know that He is loved. It can be an awesome feeling when someone tells you that they love you. It gives a sense of belonging and worthiness. I believe the voice is speaking to the crowds already there including John, the Baptist to let them know that Jesus is the One they have been waiting for. Emphasis is placed on love after Jesus is baptized. The voice can be inferred to as God's voice who lets Jesus, His Son know that He is loved.

Do we tell others we love them when we love them or keep it to ourselves?

It does not end there which is evident by point 3.

Statement 3: With you I am well pleased.

Jesus is being praised by the voice for His actions. The voice is not just pleased but well pleased to emphasize the complete praise given to His Son. Jesus knows that and those around could have been informed about that too. Again, I was reminded of the previous devotional S.T.A.N.D to remember the reasons for the praise.

I saw important implications for my own life. When people do right it is so important to praise them! A word of encouragement and praise goes a long way! This reminds me of public praise as opposed to private praise for doing right. Jesus was praised in front of the crowds gathered there. I need to do the same by praising those who do right not only privately but publicly for their actions.

I ask you now friend, how is your loving praise?
Dear friend, if you are in a position to praise someone, take that opportunity to praise them in public for their good works. This will not only boost their level of competency because they don’t want to disappoint but it will also increase their level of responsibility as they gain confidence. This way those around them may also want to change and improve.

Will you praise Jesus in front of others for what He has done in your life?
One way you can do that is by letting others know what an awesome God you serve. Jesus in His humanity also has the qualities and characteristics of His Divinity which are elaborated more in the Gospel of John.

You can praise Jesus privately or publicly! You can praise Jesus near your friends, near your co-workers, at a worship service, etc.  When Jesus came to relate to humanity, He did it because of His love for you. Yes, friend He loves you so much and you are never out of His love and never out of His reach. He loves you as you are and reaches out to you.

I don't know what you are going through but Jesus does. One thing I know is it may not have been easy for Jesus to have trekked three days so He could be baptized in the Jordan, yet He did it. He overcame that obstacle to fulfill His obedience to the Father. Whatever you are facing Jesus knows about it. Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Whether you are facing issues with classes, relationships, family,  job, work, athletics, etc, Jesus wants to be there for you. Yes, He does! Sometimes it could be hard to move ahead and you may even feel so lonely because of the situation you may be in and Jesus knows that pain and He feels your pain. Yes, He does. Come as you are to Jesus for He will carry you.

Our family has experienced the love of Jesus tremendously as my brothers and I recently lost our beloved dad and my mom lost her beloved husband of 37 years. We have so much to praise Jesus for throughout this ordeal from the time my dad became seriously sick in October 2007 to the time he went to be with the Lord in December 2007.

We have seen miracle after miracle extending our dad's life which is a praise to Father God. We have also been blessed to have a nursing staff that believed in the Lord Jesus Christ who supported my mom in the hospital 24-7. We have been blessed with wonderful employers who have been there for us and have been blessed with a wonderful church and its members. 

I am a member of Oakland International Fellowship which has been a tremendous help to our family especially certain members of my cell group: Potter's Clay. I was also really touched by the church two of my brothers go to called International Christian Fellowship in Maryland. There pastor and elders drove all the way from Maryland to sing songs to my dad, anoint his head with oil, and pray for him. Amazingly, after that he was able to be of the ventilator for almost a month.

My dad could have died in October 2007 because when the paramedics came, they actually asked us, 'How long has he been dead?' which was really scary. I went to a private room and kept praying to Jesus to restore life to my dad and He did. The Lord Jesus in His mercy gave us few more months with our dad and our praises to Him cannot be expressed in words.

I don't want you to think that Jesus should only be praised when things go well. No, friend, Jesus deserves our praise all the time because of who He is and what He has already done for us. Friend, I remember when we were all going to the funeral of my dad, my mom would continue to read aloud Psalms as she asked each of us which Psalm we would like to hear. Even at the Gate of Heaven cemetery in Maryland, we heard praises to the Lord Jesus being read from the Psalms by our mom.

Praise the Lord Jesus for life given to us by Him! Never take life lightly and do all you can promote the sanctity of life. Speaking of the sanctity of life, please join me and others from Beautiful Choice, the Pro-Life group on campus as we head to the January 22, March for Life 2008 in Washington, D.C. this Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. in front of St. Paul's Cathedral. The good news is it is FREE to go. You will be going with other Pitt students and if you wanted to be interviewed, you could be by the Pittsburgh Standard for its March for Life 2008 special edition.

So no matter what we go through and how hard life is, let us rest in the Lord Jesus Christ and give Him our praise.

Won't you reach out to Jesus in praise and love?

Praise Him
(c) copyright 2008, BY Ramesh C. Reddy

Past looks dim!
Praise Him!
Present looks dim!
Praise Him!
Future looks dim!
Praise Him!

 Hands lifted above!
We receive Your love!
 Hands lifted above!
We receive Your love!
Hands lifted above!
We receive your love! 

Jesus, we praise!
Our hands raise!
To Heaven we gaze!
Jesus we praise!
Our hands raise!
To Heaven we gaze! 

Past looks dim!
Praise Him!
Present looks dim!
Praise Him!
Future looks dim!
Praise Him!


Jesus waits for you! Yes, He does friend! Now is the time. Don't wait but make your life a worshipful sacrifice to the Lord. Your spiritual act of worship can be the way you live your life for the Lord. There are many ways to worship the Lord and it does not always have to be singing.

May you experience the love of Jesus in your life! Amen!

“Prayerfully Reiterate Almighty Immanuel's Service Everyday!” (P.R.A.I.S.E)/"How is your loving praise?"

Jesus thank you so much for what you have helped me to learn. I learned Jesus that when you came up out of the water, you were given praise by Father God. You were also told that you were loved and Father God was well pleased with you. I was excited to read that. Also, to know the Spirit descended on you like a dove. Wow, Lord! I love you Jesus and give my praise to you for all you have done in my life and will continue to do. Lord, you deserve our praise no matter how our life is and help us to do that. Help us to remember those that have gone before us who have praised you no matter what they were faced with Lord from Horatio who wrote the wonderful Hymn, 'It is well with my soul' when he lost most of his family in a terrible storm at sea to all the others who have lifted their praises to you even in persecution and continue to do so. Let our lives be a sacrificial praise to you Jesus.  Thank you so much Jesus! Thank you that we could praise you even with a simple song as above. I love you Jesus and need you. Thank you Jesus that we are never out of your love, never out of your reach. You are there for us always and we yield our lives to you. Help us to praise you daily in our lives. Thank you so much Jesus. Forgive ours sins and help us please. We thank you for your help Oh Lord. We trust in you for guidance. Thank you for being there for us and we give our lives to thee. In Your Name We Pray Jesus! Amen!

If you would like to invite Jesus Christ into your heart and make Him a daily part of your life, you can this very moment. You will never be alone. You can claim God's promises for you in the Bible and see them come true, before your eyes, in His wonderful timing. You don't have to wait for a special time to come to the Lord. You can come right now as you pray the prayer below, meaning it in your heart.

God I am a sinner. I am invaded by this deadliest virus. Many times I feel so guilty and yucky inside. I need forgiveness. I am so sorry for my sins. I have not obeyed you with my whole heart! I have gone my own way and done my own things. I still struggle with sin. I need you Jesus in my life so I can receive forgiveness and a new beginning. In the process, I can forgive others as you help me to. Thank you so much Jesus. I accept the antidote you have sent me. I believe Jesus you died for me and your cleansing blood will cleanse me from all my sins. You came back to life to save me. Thank you God I am set free, free from the bondage of sin. Hear my cry Oh Lord. I accept you Jesus into my heart. I make you my Lord and Personal Savior of my life. Thank you Father God for giving me Salvation. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart and making my heart your home. Thank you for living in me Jesus and I will live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you for being my Lord and personal Savior! I can live a life of peace with you on my side. Thank you that you have heard my prayer and answered me! In your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN!

No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help! But beware of churches who do believe in the Word of God completely but there is no freedom in Christ but legalism involved.

As a student, it is not too late to join a fellowship on campus too this blessed New Year of 2008! May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His love now and forever! Amen!

Feel free to email me at reddy4hisglory2004@yahoo.com if you want to meet to study the Bible, pray with, talk about spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My number is 412-720-4579.

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

Love in Christ,

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' I AM ' Series Archives:

What kind of L.I.G.H.T do you follow? (Dec 13, 07, 10:09 a.m.)

"What kind of B.R.E.A.D do you eat?" (Dec 08, 07, 10:10 a.m.)

"Who is your S.H.E.P.H.E.R.D?" (June 30, 06)

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Mark 1:1: "What does the G.O.S.P.E.L mean to you?" (Jan 15, 08, 1:15 p.m.)

Mark 1:1-4: "How seriously do you T.E.S.T.I.F.Y about prophesy?" (Jan 12, 08, 11:18 p.m.)

Mark 1:5-8: "Who do you P.O.I.N.T to?" (Jan 16, 08, 8:48 a.m.)

Mark 1:9: How will you take a S.T.A.N.D? (Jan 17, 08, 11:21 a.m.)





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