We have accounts in the Bible of the birth of both Jesus and His forerunner, John the Baptist. And as they matured and grew, they both began to minister and preach. John the Baptist preached a message of hope, repentance, and preparation for the coming of the Jesus the Messiah. Jesus preached a message of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life for all who would trust in Him. And in today’s scripture reading below, we see a time when they were together, as Jesus came to be baptized by John in the wilderness.
Notice as you read that the mystery God triune nature. One God revealing Himself in three persons. God the Father spoke from heaven. God the son, Jesus, being baptized in the Jordan River, and God the Holy Spirit descending from heaven as a dove. Of course we cannot understand all this…He’s God!
(Mark 1:1-11) 1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— 3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just 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.”