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Mark 1 – Additional Bible Students notes on Mark 1:9-11 – An Approved Son Baptized

The voice of one crying in the desert to prepare the way of Jehovah, to make His paths straight for His sent one, was John the baptist, Jesus’ cousin, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, whilst the sent messenger of God so many times spoken off before, was coming to baptise the people in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Pneuma or Holy Spirit) and in fire.

People from all the countryside of Judaea, and all the people of Jerusalem went out to this baptiser, to be baptised by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins.

John the Baptist preached and gave notice that some one mightier would come after him, whose shoes he was not good enough to undo.

The men of God, called prophets, like Malachi and Isaiah, long ago wrote about it this way:

God said, ‘See, I send my man ahead of you to tell about you. He will make the way ready for you.

Malachi prophesied that before the great King should come unto Zion, a harbinger should come before him, to prepare his way.

John by his preaching turned the ears of the people to the sound of the gospel, and so prepared them for the coming Christ.

“29  The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptising with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptise with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”” (Joh 1:29-34 NIV)

The evangelist Mark tells us about that time when Jesus came from the town of Nazareth in the country of Galilee and asked John to baptise him in the Jordan River. In this text we also get already a signal about the baptism into death and the baptism of the Holy Spirit which are distinctly separate.

After the baptism of Jesus happened something which lots of Christians seem to forget (on purpose or not) or do not seem to understand God’s Words, though they very clearly declare who that man, standing in the River Jordan is.

As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, Jesus and the people around him, saw the sky opening. They could see God’s Holy Spirit come down on Jesus like a bird called a dove. And then sounded a voice from the sky which declared that this man standing in the water was His dear Son.

“13  Then Jesus *arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15 But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he *permitted Him. 16 And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”” (Mt 3:13-17 NAS)

So many, who call themselves “Christian” do not want to accept that Jesus is the son of God, but keep insisting that Jesus is God Himself, and not the one in Whom God is pleased. Though the Holy Scriptures gives a clear wording of God:

“And lo a voice from heaven, saying,

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mt 3:17 AV)

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”” (Mt 3:17 NIV)

There is no reason at all that Jehovah would mislead people or would not tell the truth, because Jehovah God is a god of truth, not telling lies.

“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Nu 23:19 AV)

“Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.” (Ps 89:35 AV)

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” (Tit 1:2 AV)

In case Jesus would be God then when God would not be a liar He would have told the people that He was standing there. But Jehovah, the God above all gods said:

“And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” (Lu 3:22 AV)

Also on other occasions, we come to hear that Jesus is a servant chosen by god. The Bible nowhere tells us it would be God having come to be a servant of someone. In case Jesus would be God, than God’s Spirit is in Him always and then Jesus could not be killed, because man can do God nothing, and certainly can not kill God. But the God, Who cannot be seen by man, came over the Nazareen man who was seen by many, to give him authorisation. Jesus is not God but is the man who is loved by God and who received honour and glory from God.

“Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.” (Mt 12:18 AV)

“For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (2Pe 1:17 AV)

Throughout the rest of his gospel, the apostle Mark shows us what kind of Messiah this Nazarene man is. We also come to read in his gospel how people came to hear the words of Jesus, but did not want to agree with them. Also the words about his heavenly Father, the Only One True God, did not please them. About how to live life by following him was what many did not want and still do not want.

We should accept the words of God as the Words of Truth. As such we should see that beloved son of God in Jesus Christ and we should hear and listen to that beloved son of God.

“And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.” (Mr 9:7 AV)

We should “Listen to him!” (Mr 9:7 NIV) who was declared to be the son of God and who very well knew that God is much greater than him.

“”You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (Joh 14:28 NIV)

“Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”” (Joh 20:17 NIV)

“Now I want you to realise that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1Co 11:3 NIV)

“When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” (1Co 15:28 NIV)

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,” (Php 2:6 NIV)

Therefore, let us always keep to the Words of God and believe Him Who does not tell lies. Today still too many people are blinded by the light of false human doctrines. They prefer to keep holding unto the human dogma of the Trinity. They also do not believe what the followers of Christ came to believe, like Peter did. Peter, after Jesus had asked him who he thought Jesus was, was convinced that Jesus is the Messiah or the Christ.

“29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”  (Mr 8:29 NIV)

A few days later Peter and his friends James and John are taken up a high mountain apart where they experience something incredible.

“1  And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” 2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Again we encounter a part in Scriptures which a lot of so-called Christians do not want to accept. Again there is God telling us that Jesus is His son, and again there are millions of Christians who ignore God’s saying.

7 Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

8 Suddenly, when they looked round, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. 9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant. 11 And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?” 12 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? 13 But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”” (Mr 9:1-13 NIV)

When Jesus told that, he previously also had told about his coming end.

“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” (Mr 8:31 NIV)

As such let us not only accept Jesus as the son of God, but let us also make his name and deeds be known all over the world, telling about the Good News he came to bring.

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Mark 1 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 1:1-8 – The Beginning of the Good News

Mark 1 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 1:9-11 – An Approved Son Baptized

Nazarene Commentary Luke 3:3-6 – John Preaches Baptism of Repentance

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Additional reading

  1. Who do you say Jesus is
  2. Jesus son of God
  3. Jesus son of God or God the son
  4. Thought for the Christmas time: A sense of history
  5. The place where Jesus was brought up
  6. When you believe Jesus is God: who do you think is the mediator? #1 Son of man
  7. Truth, doubt or blindness
  8. Trinity
  9. Trinity – the Truth about God
  10. Behind a False doctrine – the Trinity
  11. Trinity matter
  12. Trinity – history
  13. Jesus Christ, his Mission, Life and Work

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John the Baptist baptizing in the Jordan River. by Good News Productions International from FreeBibleImages.com (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

John the Baptist baptizing in the Jordan River by Good News Productions International from FreeBibleImages.com (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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  2. The Baptism of Jesus
  3. The Baptism of Jesus – the Revised Common Lectionar
  4. The Baptism of Our Lord: To Fulfill All Righteousness
  5. Baptism | Matthew 3:13-17
  6. Sunday Reading: The Baptism of the Lord (Mark 1:7-11)
  7. Baptism of the Lord, Yr B, 2021: Gospel Passage – We receive baptism, again
  8. Following Jesus in Prayer
  9. Indentification
  10. By what Authority
  11. The Son of God
  12. My Beloved Son
  13. Matthew 3: Repent of Your Sins and Trust Jesus or Face the Unquenchable Fire
  14. The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus.
  15. Read the instructions…
  16. What is God
  17. Potential Unleashed
  18. Problem with Christians
  19. Underwater
  20. Feast of the Baptism – One with Us
  21. The Heart’s Transformation
  22. Metaphors for Baptism (Part 2): The Baptism of Jesus
  23. Christ-Light Connections: The Baptism of Jesus & The Temptation of Jesus
  24. No Regret This Time
  25. Meeting Jesus In-Between

Confidence in times of trial

Jehovah is my helper; I will not be afraid.​—Heb. 13:6.

“The person who knows God best will trust him the most in time of test.”

How true! To face persecution successfully, we must love Jehovah and trust in him completely.

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”+37 He said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’+38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 (Matt. 22:36-38)

11 Look! We consider happy* those who have endured.+ You have heard of the endurance of Job+ and have seen the outcome Jehovah* gave,+ that Jehovah* is very tender in affection* and merciful.+ (Jas. 5:11)

Read the Bible daily with the goal of drawing closer to Jehovah.

Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.+ Cleanse your hands, you sinners,+ and purify your hearts,+ you indecisive ones. (Jas. 4:8)

As you read, focus on Jehovah’s tender qualities. Feel his love and affection expressed in the things he says and does.

  Jehovah was passing before him and declaring: “Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful+ and compassionate,*+ slow to anger+ and abundant in loyal love*+ and truth,*+ (Ex. 34:6)

Some may struggle to believe that God loves them because they have never been shown love. If you face that challenge, try making a list each day of ways that Jehovah has shown mercy and kindness to you.

38 But he was merciful;+ He would forgive* their error and not bring them to ruin.He often held back his angerInstead of stirring up all his wrath.39 For he remembered that they were flesh,A wind that blows past and does not return.(Ps. 78:38, 39)

32 Since he did not even spare his own Son but handed him over for us all,+ will he not also, along with him, kindly give us all other things? (Rom. 8:32)

As you consider your own experiences and meditate on what you have read in God’s Word, you will likely be able to list many things that Jehovah has done for you. The more you appreciate what Jehovah does, the stronger your bond with him will be.​

116 I love Jehovah Because he hears* my voice, my pleas for help. For he inclines his ear* to me,+ And I will call on him as long as I live.* Ps. 116:1, 2.

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Confiance en temps d’épreuve

Jéhovah est mon secours ; je n’aurai pas peur (Héb. 13:6).

« C’est la personne qui connaît Dieu le mieux qui lui fera le plus confiance en temps d’épreuve. »

Comme c’est vrai ! Pour réussir à faire face à la persécution, il faut aimer Jéhovah et lui faire entièrement confiance.

36 « Enseignant, quel est le plus grand commandement de la Loi+ ? » 37 Il lui répondit : « “Tu dois aimer Jéhovah ton Dieu de tout ton cœur, de toute ton âme et de toute ta pensée+.” 38 C’est le plus grand et le premier commandement. (Mat. 22:36-38)

11 Voyez ! Nous déclarons heureux* ceux qui ont enduré+. Vous avez entendu parler de l’endurance de Job+ et vous avez vu ce que Jéhovah* a fait pour lui à la fin+, et vous avez constaté que Jéhovah* est plein de tendre affection* et miséricordieux+.(Jacq. 5:11).

Lis la Bible chaque jour dans l’objectif de te rapprocher de lui.

 Approchez-​vous de Dieu, et il s’approchera de vous+. Nettoyez vos mains, pécheurs+, et purifiez vos cœurs+, gens indécis. (Jacq. 4:8).

Pendant ta lecture, concentre-​toi sur ses qualités touchantes. Ressens son amour et son affection, qui ressortent de ce qu’il dit et fait.

Jéhovah passait devant lui et proclamait : « Jéhovah, Jéhovah, Dieu miséricordieux+ et compatissant+, lent à se mettre en colère+ et abondant en amour fidèle*+ et en vérité*+ ; (Ex. 34:6).

Certains ont du mal à croire que Dieu les aime parce qu’ils n’ont jamais reçu d’amour. Si c’est ton cas, essaie de faire chaque jour une liste des différentes façons dont Jéhovah s’est montré miséricordieux et bon avec toi.

38 Mais il était miséricordieux+ ; il pardonnait* leur faute et ne les supprimait pas+. Souvent, il retint sa colère+ au lieu de déchaîner toute sa fureur.39 Car il se souvenait qu’ils n’étaient que chair+,un souffle qui passe et ne revient pas*. (Ps. 78:38, 39)

32 Il n’a même pas épargné son propre Fils, mais l’a livré pour nous tous+. Ne nous donnera-​t-​il donc pas aussi volontiers, en plus de lui, toutes les autres choses ? (Rom. 8:32).

En méditant sur ce que tu lis dans la Bible et en réfléchissant à des situations que tu as vécues, tu penseras sans doute à de nombreuses choses que Jéhovah a faites pour toi. Plus tu apprécieras ce qu’il fait, plus ta relation avec lui sera forte.

116 J’aime Jéhovah, parce qu’il* entend ma voix, mes appels à l’aide+ Car il incline son oreille vers moi*+,et je ferai appel à lui aussi longtemps que je vivrai*. (Ps. 116:1, 2)

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Actes faits en toute confiance

“Que l’Eternel te rende ce que tu as fait et que ta récompense soit entière de la part de l’Eternel, le Dieu d’Israël sous les ailes duquel tu es venue te retirer.” (Ru 2:12 BBA)

“1  Dithyrambe de David, qu’il chanta à l’Eternel au sujet des paroles de Cusch, Benjamite. (7-2) Eternel, mon Dieu, je me réfugie vers toi ; Sauve-moi de tous ceux qui me persécutent, et délivre-moi, 2 (7:3) De peur qu’il ne déchire mon âme comme un lion Qui met en pièces, sans que personne délivre !” (Ps 7:1-2 BBA)

“(22:6) Ils ont crié à toi, et ils ont échappé, Ils se sont confiés en toi, et ils n’ont point été confus.” (Ps 22:5 BBA)

“Dieu est le roc où je me retire, Mon bouclier et la corne de mon salut, Ma haute retraite et mon refuge. Mon Sauveur ! tu me sauves de la violence !” (2Sa 22:3 BBA)

“Les voies de Dieu sont parfaites. La parole de l’Eternel est éprouvée au feu ; Il est un bouclier pour tous ceux qui se retirent vers lui.” (2Sa 22:31 BBA)

“Embrassez le Fils, de peur qu’il ne s’irrite Et que vous ne périssiez dans votre voie ! Car un instant encore, et sa colère s’allume. Heureux tous ceux qui se réfugient vers lui !” (Ps 2:12 BBA)

“(4:6) Offrez des sacrifices de justice, Et confiez-vous en l’Eternel.” (Ps 4:5 BBA)

“(5:12) Alors ceux qui se réfugient en toi se réjouiront ; Ils pousseront des cris de joie à toujours. Tu étendras sur eux ta protection, Et ils triompheront en toi, ceux qui aiment ton nom.” (Ps 5:11 BBA)

“23 Mem. L’Eternel affermit les pas de l’homme de bien, Et il prend plaisir à ses voies. 24 S’il tombe, il n’est pas entièrement abattu, Car l’Eternel lui prend la main.” (Ps 37:23-24 BBA)

“5 Ceux qui sèment avec larmes Moissonneront avec chant de triomphe. 6 On va, on va en pleurant, Quand on porte la semence que l’on jette ; On s’en revient avec cris de triomphe, Quand on rapporte ses gerbes.” (Ps 126:5-6 BBA)

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Deeds done in confidence

“May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”” (Ru 2:12 NIV)

“1  A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite. O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, 2 or they will tear me like a lion and rip me to pieces with no-one to rescue me.” (Ps 7:1-2 NIV)

“They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.” (Ps 22:5 NIV)

“my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my saviour—from violent men you save me.” (2Sa 22:3 NIV)

“”As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.” (2Sa 22:31 NIV)

“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Ps 2:12 NIV)

“Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD.” (Ps 4:5 NIV)

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” (Ps 5:11 NIV)

“23 If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; 24 though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” (Ps 37:23-24 NIV)

“5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” (Ps 126:5-6 NIV)

“1  Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Ro 5:1-2 NIV)

 

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