Reiterate Almighty Immanuel's Service Everyday!” (P.R.A.I.S.E)”
Ramesh C. Reddy
“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
I asked myself what
happened as Jesus was coming up out of the water!
1. Jesus saw heaven being torn open.
Jesus saw the Spirit descending on Him like a Dove.
A voice came from heaven
myself what is the significance of each point?
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, the Baptist. Heaven opened as Jesus identified with
humanity when He was willing to be baptized.
only that but something remarkable happened which is evident in
2: ‘Jesus saw the Spirit descending on Him like a Dove!’
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.
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:
You are my Son.
Whom I love.
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 from what they have been going through. Now Jesus comes up out of the water
after being baptized and a voice says, 'You are my
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.
It does not end with statement 2 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 for what
Jesus did and was willing to do as studied in the previous devotional.
I asked myself what do we learn about Jesus'
1. Jesus was humble being willing to be baptized
surrendered Himself to the Father's will.
3. Jesus was One who pleased the Father.
I asked myself
what are the CLAIMS being made about Jesus?
1. You are my Son
I asked myself what are the implications for my own life?
Just as God, praised Jesus publicly for
doing what is right , I need to realize how important it is to praise
people publicly when they do right! A word of encouragement and praise
publicly goes a long way! 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.
Jesus wanting to be baptized by John the Baptist set an example for
all of us to follow. It showed Jesus' humility and also surrender to the
Father. Father God was so pleased with Jesus that God made it known to
all that were there with the statement, "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
More than praising others for doing right, we should praise the Lord
Jesus every single day!
Jesus was praised publicly by the Father and I need to do the same. I
need to praise Jesus publicly in front of others because He will always
deserve our praise no matter what is happening in our lives.
For that to happen, I
need to first acknowledge and believe that Jesus is all that the Bible
claims He is. Once I do that, it is not at all hard to praise the
Lord because praise will automatically come as we focus on the Lord
When I think about what Jesus did for me on the cross of Calvary to
save me, I am so touched. I am afraid of needles and seeing the sight of
blood but Jesus took more than a needle for me by taking in nails
pounded through his hands and feet so that the cleansing blood that
flowed could wash away all my sin. Jesus died on the cross to redeem me
from the bondage of sin and death. I who was lost to my own ways have
been found by the Lord.
I a born Hindu was saved by the grace of the
Lord Jesus Christ when He invited me to be His own and adopted me as His
child. He did that by taking all my sin upon Himself, burying it in His
death, and coming back to life on the 3rd day to save.
I know just as the Spirit rested upon Jesus when He was baptized, the
Spirit of the Living God will rest upon me to as I give my life over to
Christ. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to do that when my mommy
introduced me to Jesus and what Jesus did for me on Valentines Day many
years ago! Of course, at the time I did not
even know it was Valentine's Day. What drew me to Jesus was a Biblical
cartoon showing a white dove descending on Jesus. Thank you Lord! I love
you so much!
My shouts of praise publicly should always go out to Jesus for all He
has done for me and will continue to do for me. When I was in sin
separated from God having no way to reach the Father because all the
good that I do becomes filthy rags to the Lord, God provided a bridge
for me through Jesus Christ that I can cross to Heaven as I yield my
life over to the Lord and take what my Donor offered to me.
red antidote is the only antidote that can cleanse my body of its deadly
virus known as sin. Everyday, I need to remember that Jesus paid the
price for me with His blood to cleanse me of all my sin. Now because of
what Jesus did for me on the cross of Calvary, I have entrance to the
Father because when God looks at me now, He sees the cleansing blood of
Jesus covering over me and His judgment will pass over me.
God in His holiness cannot allow sin to enter His presence and only
Jesus could make it possible that anyone can enter the presence of the
Almighty God. For that you and I should always praise Jesus because He
took it upon Himself to make a way for us to reach God.
No matter what is happening around me I need to praise the Lord Jesus
Christ for everything He has already done for me and will continue to
do! Thank you Jesus.
I ask you now dear friend, who will you
P.R.A.I.S.E publicly today in life?
Dear friend, until we really understand the magnitude of the price Jesus
paid for us to redeem us, we will not be ready to praise Him always for what He
has done for us. Even if nothing goes well in life for us, we have
reason to praise Jesus because of what Jesus did for us at the
cross of Calvary. Jesus redeemed us from being a prisoner to Satan and
to the bondage of sin and death.
The believers who were persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ
understood that so even through their persecution, they would continue
to praise and rejoice in the Lord knowing a great reward awaited them. Their focus was on Jesus Christ and
His sacrifice for them and His redemption in their lives.
We need to always think about how Jesus redeemed us and saved us to
give us Eternal Life no matter what is happening around us. We can do
that when we hold on to the Word of God and meditate on His Word day and
night instead of focusing on the direct problems at hand.
Friend, you and I can do that as we fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author
and Finisher of our Faith.
Will you praise Jesus privately and 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
right now 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, finances, 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.
When Joseph was thrown in the well by his own brothers, later sold
to the Ishmalites, and then thrown into prison for a crime he did
not commit, it would have been easy for him to doubt Jehovah but he
never lost his faith in Jehovah and as Scriptures state, his hope in
Jehovah did not disappoint. Eventually, he became the rescuer of all
his 11 brothers and family later. You can read more about it in Genesis. Joseph
made a profound statement, "What Satan meant
for evil, God turned it out for good!"
Right now whatever you are going through, those trials may look like a
mountain to you and you don't want to hear others telling you to be
joyful. What comes to your mind is, "How I can
be joyful in these circumstances?", "If they
were going through what I am going through, they would not tell me to be
Friend only you and the Lord alone know the extent of your pain and
suffering but the Apostle Paul who was thrown in prison for preaching
the Good News could still praise the Lord and find joy in Him. The
entire book of Philippians is labeled the 'Book of Joy' which was
written in prison.
If that joy was available for the Apostle Paul and he could find it, we
too can find it in the Lord. Let us look to the Lord in the trials and
temptations, knowing He alone can deliver us and strengthen us. Keep
reading the Psalms and turn them to prayers.
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 beloved
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 loving mommy.
I remember a time when I was so
discontent because things were not going as I wanted them to. There
was no contentment in me. Edwin,
a brother in church and a mentor would meet with me weekly to go
through the book, 'Lord Change My Attitude' before it is too late. After reading that
book, I would write atleast 5 things I need to praise the Lord for
each day making them specific and different. It helped a lot. You
can do that too!
I remember the time when my sweet loving wife
and I were apart because of the visa situation, how she would frequently
go to a Friday night service to praise the Lord and then go Sunday's to
praise the Lord for who He is, for what He has done, and what He can
still do. I praise the Lord Jesus that she is here with me now as the
Lord Jesus took care of each and every issue we had faced. We know the
Lord will continue to work out His plan in our lives. Thank you so much
You would be amazed what praise can do! I
remember a time when I could not find a job but knew the importance of
praising the Lord Jesus. So, in my sadness and disappointment, I just
lifted my hands up to Heaven while walking in downtown and started
praising the Lord. At that moment, I sensed a vision of Hands reaching
out to help me from Heaven. After that I felt, I should start 'Helping
Hands' tracts which helped so many students in the past while I was
doing campus ministry. It all started as a choice to praise the Lord.
You too can do that looking to the Lord.
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?
(c) copyright 2008, BY Ramesh C. Reddy
Past looks dim!
Present looks dim!
Future looks dim!
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!
Present looks dim!
Future looks dim!
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 turning to praise always! Amen! For He will rescue you! Amen!
“Prayerfully Reiterate Almighty Immanuel's Service Everyday!”
(P.R.A.I.S.E)/"Who will you P.R.A.I.S.E publicly today in life?"
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. Thank you for your humility and surrender. Also, to know the Spirit descended on you like a
dove is amazing. 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!
prayer below or use your own words to invite Jesus Christ into your
life and have a personal relationship with Him. Now is the time of
Salvation. Don't wait.
Dear Jesus, I read that you alone can give me access to Heaven and
be delivered from the bondage of sin and death. I want that Lord. I
believe you died on the cross for my sin and rose again to give me
new life. I believe your Blood shed on the cross saves me when I
turn to you. So I turn to you now with all that I am and ask you to
make something of my life for you. Please be my Lord and Personal
Savior. Please come into my heart and make my heart your home. Thank
you Jesus. Thank you for hearing my prayer and answering me. Thank
you for delivering me from my sin as I am sorry. I love you Jesus. I
need you. Help me Jesus! 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!
May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His love now and
Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you
are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and
everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but don’t
base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of
our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!
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