Devotion for Monday, March 10th

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2014

(Mark 1:9-11)
At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”  (The Message)

The scripture tells us Jesus went from Nazareth in Galilee to the river Jordan to be baptized by John.  Adult baptism is usually preceded by some serious contemplation and study.  It is not to be taken lightly but rather as a serious commitment to God and to the Holy Spirit.  The story tells us Jesus traveled to the river Jordan.  Most likely this involved a significant amount of walking.  It could be a time of goal setting, a revue of purpose.   This baptism is full immersion.  We are told that as Jesus rose up out of the waters the heavens were torn apart and the Spirit descended to announce “you are my Son, the Beloved.  With you I am well pleased”.  That is a WOW moment.

The scriptures are so brief.  So much is said in so few words.  It is hard to grasp the impact this likely had on Jesus and perhaps the crowd, assuming there was one.

Because Jesus was always a Jewish man, and I have never heard the word baptism used as a practice in the Jewish life, I was curious so I googled Jesus baptism and got a Wikipedia comment that this marked the beginning of Jesus ministry.  I like that.

 – Submitted by Julie Jerome

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