4 John the baptizer appeared[e] in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with[f] water; but he will baptize you with[g] the Holy Spirit.”
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;[h] with you I am well pleased.”
The gospel writer Mark wastes no time telling us that “Jesus is the Son of God.” (He actually makes that statement in chapter one, verse one of his gospel.) And then, just in case we didn’t believe the words of Mark, we have a heavenly confirmation in chapter one verse 10.
Jesus is the Son of God. And God the Father is pleased with him!
I tend to believe voices from heaven.
Wonderful God, as I live my life as a disciple of Jesus, remind me that I am following the Son of God. Let His steps inspire my steps in my daily walk. Amen.
~ Steve Negley