Yesterday’s post on whether immersion or baptism was the best translation of baptidzo evoked this response from a friend on Berean Spirit. I wanted to share as it is so powerful:
Some thoughts on Immerse and the beauty of it. As I read what you wrote I could not help but think of the water covering my body. I was covered! I was covered by his blood! I was covered by His forgiveness! I was Immersed in His Spirit! I have been engulfed by His all! He has embraced me totally! I can’t get out of His embrace for it is for eternity! I have been IMMERSED in His love! My old man has been drowned/immersed!
Thanks, Gerry Parker. That spoke to me today.
Now to Mark:
Interesting how Mark uses adverbs and adverbial phrases of time. Lots of instances of immediately. Here we have In those days. The NLT has one day. Mark’s accound is vivid, succinct, pacy.
Our first indication of where Jesus is from (geographically) is in this verse.
Why was Jesus baptized? The answer I usually get when I ask that is “to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt 3:15) which isn’t a satisfying answer for me. Jesus was and is all righteousness. Surely he didnt have to be baptized to fulfill righteousness? However baptism did identify him with righteousness and that righteousness will be the justification for our sins. It was a public statement proclaiming the inauguration of his public ministry. It announced to the world (well the quiet backwater of Judea initially – the world was to hear later) that God was walking amongst us and about to start his work.
Did he have to fulfill the requirements for priesthood which include washing with water and the anointing with the Holy Spirit? This is a new idea I have just been exposed to. Comments, please! Heb 2: 17 & 18 seem to support this.
10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he(T) saw(U) the heavens being torn open(V) and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And(W) a voice came from heaven,(X) “You are my beloved Son;[d] with you I am well pleased.”
Imagery used in the account of Noah abounds. The water, the dove, the sign from heaven. The tearing open of heaven foreshadows the death of Jesus when the curtain is torn in the temple, the sun stopped shining and Jesus’ spirit leaves him to return “up” to the Father. (Matt 27:50)
We also have all the persons of the Trinity here – father, son, spirit. In verse 1 Mark proclaimed Jesus the son of God. Here God the father does so. And the father expresses his delight in his son. God is about relationship.
This explains the reasons for Jesus’ baptism fully.
12(Y) The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13(Z) And he was in the wilderness forty days, being(AA) tempted by(AB) Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and(AC) the angels were ministering to him.
40 is significant. The Jews wandered 40 years in the desert. Jesus is in the desert here, being tested and proven the true Israelite. He follows the precedent of Moses and Elijah too. Angels attended Jesus as they had attended Israel in the desert. The contrast of Jesus and Satan in the desert with wild beasts on the one hand and angels on the other is a very visual image for us to conjure
14(AD) Now after John was arrested, Jesus(AE) came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, (AF) “The time is fulfilled, and(AG) the kingdom of God is at hand;(AH) repent and believe in the gospel.”
The pace picks up. John has been arrested (we need to go to Matthew and Luke for details) and the kindgom is at hand! Another mention of the need for repentance in just 15 verses. We need to repent and believe the good news to be part of the kingdom.
Excitement mounts – how will Jesus display his deity? How will the kingdom be ushered in?