Here is the really smart blogger Don Merritt on Jesus baptize by John via the Gospel of Mark. And he has a picture of the Jordon river. It is an interesting picture to think of this as a moment in space/time where God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were all united. If I were an artist I would try to draw something swirly and full of color and movement.
Parallel texts: Matthew 3:13-17; Like 3:21-22
Mark continues the action, after having described briefly the ministry of John the Baptist, here comes Jesus down from Nazareth to be baptized by John. Since John was operating near Jerusalem, Jesus would have traveled about 80 miles on foot through some pretty rough terrain to join John at the Jordan. Mark doesn’t record the exchange between the two that Matthew describes, probably because it wouldn’t mean much to a Roman, but he does record the most important and significant aspects of this scene.
Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
First, you no doubt noted the words as Jesus “was coming up…
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