What Jesus Did! 'Great Joy!' — Mark 1:11

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

And a voice from heaven said [to Jesus following his baptism], "You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy."
— Mark 1:11 NLT

Key Thought

Isn't this what we all need to hear from the ones we love the most? Look at what was being said: "I claim you as my child! I love you! I am completely pleased with you!" The Father shared these incredible affirmations with his Son. In the subsequent verses, Jesus will face the temptations of Satan in the wilderness armed with the understanding that his Heavenly Father lovingly and proudly claims him as his child. You know, when we were baptized, I can't help but believe God said the same things about you and me!

Today's Prayer

Loving and adoring Father, I know I do not merit your love and grace. Yet, dear Father, I am overwhelmed with them and thankful for them. As your child, please know that I love and adore you... even in those times when I make wrong choices and also when I succumb to temptation's power. Father, do not ever let the evil one strip my love for you from me or let him cloud my eyes to your love. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 8:15-16
  • Galatians 3:26-29
  • John 3:1-8


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Illustration of Mark 1:11 NLT — And a voice from heaven said [to Jesus following his baptism], "You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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