Isaiah 43:1-7 (The Message)
But now, God's Message,
the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got
you started, Israel: "Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've
called your name. You're mine.
2 When you're
in over your head, I'll be there with you. When you're in rough
waters, you will not go down. When you're between a rock and a hard
place, it won't be a dead end -
3 Because I am
God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid
a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown
4 That's how much
you mean to me! That's how much I love you! I'd sell off the whole
world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.
5 "So don't
be afraid: I'm with you. I'll round up all your scattered children,
pull them in from east and west.
6 I'll send orders
north and south: 'Send them back. Return my sons from distant lands,
my daughters from faraway places.
7 I want them
back, every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and child
Whom I created for my glory, yes, personally formed and made each
Luke 3:21-22 (The Message)
21 After all the
people were baptized, Jesus was baptized. As he was praying, the
sky opened up
22 and the Holy
Spirit, like a dove descending, came down on him. And along with
the Spirit, a voice: "You are my Son, chosen and marked by
my love, pride of my life." Son of Adam, Son of God