May 13

1 John 5:9-10

“If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son.” vs. 9

It is clear from the gospels that the ministry of Jesus was set in motion by his experience of baptism at the hands of John the Baptist. As he came out of the water he heard the testimony of God regarding himself, “You are my Son, the Beloved. With you I am well-pleased.” That affirmation was for Jesus a divine call to announce the arrival of God’s rule on earth–and that’s what he did until his life was cruelly ended by those he had been sent to love. For his followers that testimony was greater than any other human claim about God that might be made. Jesus was the beloved Son of God and they were willing to give their lives to spread that good news. It was important, not so much because of what it meant to Jesus, but what it meant to them. If Jesus was the Beloved, then by faith they could claim the same status, because his Spirit also dwelt in them. That continues to be our common legacy as we make our way through the 21st century. We too are the beloved children of God and the Spirit of Christ lives in our hearts. There is no better news in all creation, no human creed packs a greater wallop. No matter what others say or what we think, we are loved by God!

Thought for the Day: How do I know I am loved by God?

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