Jesus’ Baptism-Mark 1:9-11

Mark 1:9-11 “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Marco 1:9-11 “In quei giorni Gesù venne da Nazaret di Galilea e fu battezzato da Giovanni nel Giordano.10 A un tratto, come egli usciva dall’acqua, vide aprirsi i cieli e lo Spirito scendere su di lui come una colomba. 11 Una voce venne dai cieli: «Tu sei il mio diletto Figlio; in te mi sono compiaciuto».
     Mark quickly begins the focus of his Gospel concerning Jesus by presenting the account of Jesus’ baptism. Jesus is coming from Nazareth, a small town in Galilee that is not even mentioned in the Old Testament. The implication here is that Jesus was intentionally on the journey to meet John. John had already been baptizing people but this baptism of Jesus was to be different than any that had been done before or after. 
     Let’s look at the text. First, Jesus doesn’t repent of His sins before being baptized which was John’s message to the people (Matthew 3:6). Why? Because Jesus was without sin (Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 3:5). Second, heaven was “being torn open” (literally meaning “split”). Similarly at the crucifixion, the curtain was split from top to bottom (heaven to earth). God broke into human history to tear down the wall of sin that separated God and man. Third, the Spirit descended upon Him like a dove. This imagery connotes the presence and power of the Godhead for the messianic mission now resting in Jesus. Fourth, the voice from heaven expresses approval of Jesus and affirms Him as the Son of God. This is now the official inauguration of the earthly ministry of Jesus.  
     The baptism of Jesus doesn’t change who He was either before or after the event. He was the Son of God in harmony with the Father and completely empowered by the Holy Spirit. All three persons of the trinity confirm the absolute truth. This act of submission reminds us that Jesus is the perfect servant who can identify with sinful humanity as a mediator between God and man.
Pray with me: Lord, through Your baptism, I see Your complete submission to both the Father and to all humanity as the Son of Man. Help me to comprehend how pleased You are when I willingly submit to Your will for my life.

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