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November 21    Scripture

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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