The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.01.01
John and Jesus
The gospel for the day illustrates the movement from the ministry of John to the ministry of Jesus.
The narrative is executed with a minimum of fanfare, and with only a slight suggestion that the transposition from John to Jesus was ordained by God.
In this narrative John is depicted as acknowledging the authority of Jesus, and Jesus is depicted as a son of god, but not necessarily as God’s own self, as would be suggested in later narrative.
Jesus is not God, but has the favor of God, as John did before he was arrested and murdered.
Jesus is depicted as accepting the mission that John has handed him, and the transfer of authority is shown to be complete through the sanction of the Holy Spirit.
The Baptism of the Jesus
In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said:
‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’
It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’
2nd Sunday of Christmas