Mark 1.9 One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
Ponder the picture for just a moment, this beginning of the ministry of the Son of God, Jesus Christ ::
Post-baptism, the sky tears wide open, and the Holy Spirit descends upon him.
And then, echoing over all those gathered, the powerful voice of the Father proclaims his confidence in his Son for the mission: “You are my beloved, I am so pleased with you!”
Beloved – as you enter into this day on your own mission, you have what Jesus had. You have the annointing of the Holy Spirit. You have been marked by the Father’s pleasure, love, and confidence.
Rejoice, and be glad in this!