Mark 1:9-11

Verse(s) At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 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. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son,whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Insight: Jesus models water baptism for every believer. For us, it’s an outward expression of the inward transformation that Jesus makes possible through His life, death and resurrection. Water baptism is symbolic of dying (being buried) to our old selves, and rising from the dead (spiritually). When Jesus came out of the water, the Holy Spirit descended on Him and God the Father spoke his blessing over Jesus. If you have not been baptized in water - publicly declaring your commitment to Christ, it is an important next step modeled by Jesus himself. (You can learn more about water baptism go to newhopech.com Spiritual Development tab.)

Prayer: What a beautiful model you’ve provided for us Jesus. May we know the same blessing of God over our lives. That you love us. That you speak to us like a loving Heavenly Father who has our best in mind. Thank you for the gift of Water Baptism and the bold message of hope and promise that is represents! In your precious name, Amen.

Jeffery Portmann