January 08 2023
Today, Sunday January 08
The Wonderful Voice of Jesus
Psalm 29:1-4, 10-11
“Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood, And the LORD sits as King forever. The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.
Yesterday we talked about the “Awesome Voice of God”. Today we want to think about the “Wonderful Voice of Jesus”. In Psalm 29 the Voice of the LORD is magnetified and God is glorified. His voice is powerful and full of majesty! When we come to the New Testament, we find that the Voice of the LORD is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.
We read in John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” To have a “word” you need to have a “voice” that speaks that word. In the beginning was the “Voice of God” and His Word spoke the world and everything made into existence.
Then John writes in John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John and the disciples and hundreds of others who were alive at that time, saw Jesus and beheld His glory as He lived a sinless life, heal the sick, gave sight to the blind, walked on water, fed the hungry, and raised the dead! The same glory of God that we read about in Psalm 29.
When people came to John the Baptist and ask him if he was the Messiah, he replied and said, “No, I am only a voice crying in the wilderness to prepare the way for Him.” And basically, he went on to say that the Voice of Jesus was the greater Voice that would bring transformation to people through His life and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
In John 10:3-4, Jesus proclaims that when the True Shepherd comes that the sheep will hear His Voice and that they will know His voice and they will follow Him. Jesus repeats this in John 10:27: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” How do you know if you are genuinely a follower of Jesus? You both hear and know His Voice and will be following Him.
The Apostle John would later write in 1 John 1:1-4, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life-- the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us-- that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.”
Twice in these verses John says, “we heard” Him. John fully recognized Who Jesus was and is! He is the “Word of life”! And John invites us to know and receive Him like he did so that we can also have salvation and fellowship with Him and with His Father!
In Acts 9:1-22, Saul was on the road to Damascus to persecute believers and had an experience with the Voice of Jesus that changed everything. He heard a “voice”, and when he asked who the voice was he heard the voice say, “I Am Jesus….”. And Saul’s immediate response was, “Lord, what do you want me to do?”
Today we have the Spoken Voice, the Written Voice, and the Living Voice of God all in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. And He is still saying to all of us today, “Come unto Me all you who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Do you hear and know His Voice? Are you following Him?