At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and wasÂ baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of theÂ water, he saw the sky split open and Godâ€™s Spirit, looking like aÂ dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: â€œYou are myÂ Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.â€Â – (Mark 1:9-11)
I hope you can look back on your baptism and remember it as aÂ precious and powerful moment. What great joy to know that we canÂ share in an event similar to one Jesus shared, and to know thatÂ God’s Spirit comes to us in that event to cleanse us and live inÂ us, and to know that the Father says a similar thing about us thatÂ he said about Jesus. What sweet grace!
Prayer : O God, my righteous Father in heaven, you are holy — nothingÂ compares to you. I pray that your rule over my life will increaseÂ and the Holy Spirit will increasingly influence my heart and myÂ thinking. May my life be a holy praise to you! In Jesus’ name I askÂ this. Amen.