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Mark - Who is Christ?
A Bible Study Course on the Gospel of Christ according to MARK
PART 1 - The Preparations of Christ's Appearance (Mark 1:1-13)

3. The Baptism of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:9-11)

MARK 1:9-11
9 It happened in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting, and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 A voice came out of the sky, “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Jesus left Nazareth, his home in Galilee, and came near to a group of repentant people around John the Baptist. At that time Nazareth was a town far from the centers of religion and culture in Jerusalem. In spite of its bad reputation socially, and despite its lack of culture and rude dialect, the young Jesus, Son of Mary, remained sinless. He was not in need of baptism for the remission of sins, for he was innocent, pure, and holy. He did not confess any iniquity, but was baptized in place of men, having accepted God’s call to take away the sin of the world.

Jesus was about thirty years of age when he accepted his appointment for this mission, and began his work to reconcile the world to God.

And when he was baptized in our place, the heavens parted, and the miracle of the Holy Trinity appeared as the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove, and rested upon him as a symbol of peace. The peace of God dwelt in the heart of the Prince of Peace, and resided in it, for he had submitted his human nature completely to the service of God. During the baptism, a voice was heard from heaven saying: “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Undoubtedly, Christ was from eternity filled with the Holy Spirit. Yet, now God proved to him in a supernatural way that he was in full harmony with him, having been sincerely and wholeheartedly devoted to the will of his Father.

Wherever the Holy Spirit appears, God speaks. He proclaims himself as Father, and glorifies Christ as the Son of God. No man can use such words of love as those spoken by the Father about his Son as an everlasting testimony of his nature, nor can any human spirit probe these words, for God had cancelled his concealment, proclaimed himself as close love and everlasting joy, and testified that Christ is in fact his Son in whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily.

This Godhead appeared in his kindness, compassion, mercy, tenderness, and patience. Jesus is the only beloved one who is filled with the love of God, for he has reconciled the disobedient world to the Holy God, and opened for us the possibility to become children of God, and to partake of his pleasure. Is God pleased with your behavior?

PRAYER: O heavenly Father, we worship you with praise and gratitude, for you have revealed to us your eternal Fatherhood in the Sonship of the beloved Christ, and made us certain of your unfailing love through the power of your Holy Spirit, forgiving our sins, and filling our life with thanksgiving for your grace. Amen.


  1. How did the Holy Trinity appear?


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