February 19

Psalm 41; Psalm 52; Psalm 44; Genesis 37:1-11;
1 Corinthians 1:1-19
; Mark 1:1-13

“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 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. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased!’ And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan.” Mark 1:9-13

Witnesses present at the Jordan baptism were undoubtedly overwhelmed by what they saw and heard, by the glimpse of glory, and by the identification of Jesus as God’s beloved Son. For Jesus himself there seems to have been an added personal message. He was told that his Father loved him and was well pleased with him. What child isn’t thrilled and encouraged by receiving special parental praise? The words could have been: “I expect a lot from you. You are to be a good teacher and example.” Jesus heard words of approval and love. He could start his mission knowing he had this reinforcement; he then took on Satan in the desert.