By: Carole L. Haines
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon Him; 11 and a voice came from the heavens: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
I have read of Jesus’ baptism many times, but a certain aspect of it leaped off the page to me this morning. We know from Scripture that Jesus left His home in heaven to come here to purchase back, or redeem, all who would believe in His finished work on the cross. At the cross, Jesus cries out to God.
At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabaktanei?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Jesus was experiencing total separation from His Father and the Holy Spirit, for the first and last time of eternity. He experienced this Hell for us. But in His baptism, we see the trinity appear on earth, together in sacred union with Jesus.
10 And immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon Him; 11 and a voice came from the heavens: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:10-11)
Right here on earth, in front of all those gathered, we see Jesus, The Father and The Spirit together in sacred union. What a comfort this must have been for our Precious Jesus, who already knew what He would suffer on the cross. I don’t know how many times The Trinity appeared together on the earth in physical manifestation before us. But just contemplate that holy moment for a minute, right there, at Jesus’ baptism, The Triune Godhead together on earth. Just a little sample of heaven for us here on earth. Carry that picture with you today, as your feet walk the earth wherever you are. I certainly will. It was a Kiss from God to see this today for me. Be Blessed.