Over the next few months, we will bridge the birth of Jesus (Christmas) and the death/resurrection of Jesus (Easter) with a deep dive into the person, work, and teachings of Jesus. What is the connection between Jesus’ death and the ministry of his life? How does Jesus’ life fit into the course of the biblical narrative as a whole? And what does this have to do with our own lives? Or to put it as the psalmist puts it in Psalm 24, “Who is this King of glory?”
In this sermon, we explore Jesus’ baptism, which is not quite baptism as we often think of it. Baptism is often connected to the forgiveness of sins, but Jesus’ baptism is not about forgiveness but anointing. In ways similar to David’s anointing in 1 Samuel, a prophet anoints Jesus as King, with an unsuspecting public, after which the Spirit of God descends upon him enabling his ministry and teaching. When we say that Jesus is the “Christ”, we are saying that Jesus is the anointed one, anointed King of kings and Lord of lords. And in Mark’s gospel, it all begins in the opening chapter with a baptism and the Spirit of God descending like a dove.