And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17 NRSV)
At the grocery store lately, you may have seen a little heart symbol on different food items. The little heart symbol is there to tell you that the food is good for you, that it is healthy for your body. Not every food can have the heart symbol on it, because not every food is good for your body. Some foods don't have any healthy stuff in them. Those foods are not good for your body. But when you see that little heart sign, you know you are getting something that is good for you.

In our Bible story today, Jesus had just been baptized when God's voice comes down from Heaven and says, "This is My Son. I love Him, and I am happy with His work." The people around Jesus who heard the voice knew that it was God speaking. And because they heard God speak, they trusted Jesus and believed in Him and did what He told them to do. God's voice was like a sign to them, telling them that Jesus was really God's Son. Jesus didn't look any different from you and me on the outside, so He needed some kind of sign to show them that He was more than just a person; He was the Son of God. Just like the heart symbol on the outside of a package shows us that the food inside is good for us, God's voice was a sign to people that Jesus was a special kind of person inside.

Our call is to trust Jesus goodness for our lives!

Dear God, may I trust the goodness of your son more with each passing day. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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