Unlike Matthew and Luke, Mark hits the ground running – ignoring the details concerning Jesus’ birth and heading straight into Jesus’ baptism. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Mark’s account is that “the heavens are town apart and the Spirit descends like a dove on Jesus.” The rending of heaven language draws attention God’s “invasion” of our world in the person of Christ and the consequent giving of the Spirit. By identifying with sinners, we participate in Christ’s baptism through our own baptism. And the greatest source of our faithfulness is rooted in viewing ourselves as God’s beloved child.
Opening Hymn: Praise the Lord, Sing Hallelujah!
Closing Doxology: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow