New Testament: Baptism of Jesus
"And there came a voice from heaven, [saying], Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am
well pleased." - Mark 1:11
All of History Waiting for This Moment
Every great event that ever happened in the history of the
world pales in comparison to this powerful moment when the
God of the universe, the creator of all things, the Word of
God in a human body is being anointed for His mission and
about to speak to the world.
Jesus Appears at the Jordan River
According to the Bible Jesus now makes his first public
appearance where John was baptizing at the Jordan River.
Jesus is thirty years of age, and He comes to John and
requests to be baptized. You can almost hear the calmness
in John`s powerful voice, "I have need to be baptized by
you, and you come to me?"
Jesus is Baptized
John obeyed the word of Jesus and baptized Him. Jesus went
under the water and as He came up from the water the
heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him
like a dove and lit up and rested upon Him. Suddenly a
voice came out of heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son in
whom I am well pleased."
The Heavens Opened and a Dove Descended
There is something very interesting about the dove
appearing at the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit
descending upon Jesus in the form of a dove and resting on
Him. The dove is a remarkable representation of the Holy
Spirit. In ancient cultures doves were known for their
gentleness and affection, used often as a symbol of peace.
The Holy Spirit filled Jesus with wisdom and understanding,
and Jesus mission was to reach out to every person who
would open their heart to Him. He knew everything about
people and was able to truly love them in a way that only
God could express.
The Voice of God Out of Heaven
When Jesus came up from the water, He was anointed for His
mission. God spoke an amazing Word right out of heaven,
"Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased". This
statement by the Father about Jesus is very powerful, it is
clear that Jesus pleased His Father in every way. There is
an interesting parallel in the prophecy of Isaiah which
speaks of the Father loving the Messiah His Servant, in
whom His "soul delights." This is also a very powerful
expression of love in the Hebrew language:
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