Jesus’ Decision (Mark Series #2, Mark 1:9-13)
1. His decision to get baptized (9)
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
2. God’s reaction
a. Encouragement (10-11)
10 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. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
b. Sending him out to the wilderness (12-13)
12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
3. His decision to obey God
Jesus was a human being like us while He was the Son of God at the same time. He was not a robot programmed only to perform what God wanted, but rather He had His own will and needed to make His own decision to obey God’s will. God answered to His decision by both encouragement and trial. Let us receive along with Jesus both encouragement and trial from God. And let us make our decision to obey God in trials.
1) Why did Jesus receive John’s baptism?
2) Why does God give us trials?