Day 6—Aug 10, 2018
What had been promised through the ages had started. But no one expected this: Heaven invading earth through the humility of a man—the Son of God, the Son of Man.
WHEN JESUS WAS baptized in water, Heaven took notice. Here is an interesting description of this divine moment. Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased” (Mark 1: 10-11 NASB). Jesus saw the heavens opening. The ancient cry of Isaiah was being fulfilled at this historic moment. In Isaiah 64: 1, the prophet cries out for an open heaven and a release of Presence from God’s world into this one. Specifically, Isaiah’s prayer was for a Person. He was not just seeking the demonstrations or gifts or acts of power, though all are to be celebrated and earnestly desired. Nor was he seeking a temporary visitation or anointing, where the Spirit came upon someone for a specific task. This is what was known in Isaiah’s day. This was the case throughout history. God would come down for a time, but at some point that time would come to an end. The task would be completed, the anointed man or woman would pass away, and that was it. The cry for something more was fulfilled when Heaven opened over the Son of Man and released the Spirit of God. Perhaps Isaiah did not even fully grasp the object of his pursuit. All he knew was that there was more than what had been tasted in days past. This is what he wanted more than anything.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING MARK 1: 10-11 ESV
PRAYER Your Son made it possible for me to live under an open heaven. He answered the cry of the prophets. Now, Heaven is opened and Your Presence has come to live inside of me.