Split Open

While Jesus was coming up out of the water, he (John) saw the sky open. The Holy Spirit came down to Jesus like a dove. – Mark 1:10

Something dramatic, earthshaking, and eternally significant is happening in Jesus’ baptism. All who witnessed this event, and all of us who read about it, can’t escape the power and significance of this moment. Heaven is opened. The distance between God in heaven and mortals is collapsed. The Holy Spirit descends in the form of a dove on Jesus to show God’s approval, blessing, and anointing of Jesus as his Son, the King. Jesus’ baptism is a turning point—not just for Jesus, but for us as well. Our baptism, though clearly not as dramatic as the Lord’s, is a turning point, too. We need to think about the significance of both the Lord’s baptism and our own. Father, I thank you for a clear marker in my past that designates the turning point of my life. Jesus is my Lord. You are my Father. The power of the Holy Spirit lives in me. I praise you and thank you for a fresh start and the power to have a new beginning. Please help me share this freshness of your grace with others. 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 – Acts 22:6-16 – Galatians 2:20