Mark 1:9-13

“It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, ‘You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’

Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.”

 

First of all, this is one of the most powerful scriptures that proves the Godhead, three Persons. Those who say that the Bible only speaks of God being 3 individual Persons as a picture/figuratively needs to remember that this scripture would not be in all four gospels providing physical proof if that were so (by direct account in Matthew 3:16-17, Mark (here), and Luke 3:21-22, and as told by John the Baptist in John 1:32-24). As I’m reading through Spurgeon’s writings on Jesus throughout the Bible (called “Life and Works of Our Lord), God gave me a poem that speaks of this fact that honestly we cannot fully comprehend: The God of the Bible, the one true God, is both 3 Persons and One, and God gave us Himself. Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit are 3 Persons. They are at the same time One God, as it says in countless verses, as well as from Jesus’ own claims.

Secondly, I find it something to ponder that as soon as Jesus is prepared for His ministry, the Spirit drives Him to the desert to be tried and tested. Often times, it’s the same with us. If God has called you to do something, revealed a work or purpose He wants to accomplish through you, it means that it’s time for the fire for a little. Just like an athlete will, when deciding to take on a competition, then train harder then ever leading up to the goal. And since the Bible makes it clear to us that Jesus can relate to us completely, this event was necessary for Him also, even though He is perfect and has no need of His faith to be proved. But like Hebrews says in 2:17-18:

“Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”

We don’t serve a God who is above us and does not understand what we go through. We serve a Creator who came down, visited us in our own circumstances, and loves us with understanding and compassion.

 

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