And John testified, “I watched the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He rested on Him. I didn’t know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The One you see the Spirit descending and resting on – He is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit,’ I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God!” John 1:32-34 HCSB
I can remember as a child attending the Greater Jacksonville Open golf tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. I was impressed and honored to get to see the great professional golfers play that day. One of my highlights was getting the autograph of Arnold Palmer. My father pointed him out to me and said, “There is Arnold Palmer.” At the time he was known as the world’s greatest golfer. “Arnie’s Army” was used to describe those who faithfully followed him around the golf course to watch him play.
As famous as Arnold Palmer is, he can never compare to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Just imagine being present and hearing John say, “Jesus is the Son of God.” Would you have believed him? John knew that Jesus was the Son of God because he saw the Holy Spirit descend on Him just as God had described would happen. Jesus is God’s One and Only Son that was divinely appointed to the task of showing men how to live before he died on the cross for the sins of the world. The Holy Spirit was with Jesus to help guide Him and give Him encouragement as He accomplished the task before Him.
Challenge: As a believer, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within you when you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior. He is there to guide you, convict you of sin, and encourage you when you face difficult times. Thank God for Jesus, the Son of God, and for the Holy Spirit that helps you everyday.