Following his declaration that Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, John the Baptist gave his testimony to support his claim. “He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for He existed long before me.'”
“I did not recognize Him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that He might be revealed to Israel. I saw the Holy Spirit, descending like a dove from heaven and resting on Him. I didn’t know He was the One, but when God sent me to baptize with water, He told me ‘The One on Whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the One Who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that He is the Chosen One of God. (some manuscripts ‘the Son of God.’) John 1:30-34 NLT
In this passage, John gives us his proof for declaring Jesus the Lamb of God, and the Chosen One of God. At the same time as John the Baptist was seeing the fulfillment of the sign God had given him personally, God Himself declared from Heaven “This is My dearly loved Son, Who brings Me great joy.”
Thus, from the very beginning of His ministry, Jesus had the direct witness of God, and the divinely inspired witness of John the Baptist that He was, in fact, the Son of God, God’s Chosen One.
In his Gospel, Matthew quotes this prophesy from Isaiah, fulfilled in Jesus.”Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. He is my Beloved, Who pleases Me. I will put my spirit upon Him, and He will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not fight, or shout, or raise His voice in the streets. He will not crush the weakest reed, or put out a flickering candle. Finally, He will cause justice to be victorious, and His Name will be the hope of all the world.” Matthew 12:18-21 NLT.
The mission Jesus began two thousand years ago in Palestine continues today. He still proclaims justice to the nations. He still speaks in a still, small voice. He still will not crush the weakest read or put out a flickering candle. He has caused justice to be victorious. His Name still is the hope of all the world. He still baptizes men with His Holy Spirit. What a great privilege we have to follow Him, and to serve Him today!