Jesus Journey that led to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and then to the cross & the grave (Good Friday), to Glory (Easter Sunday) with His resurrection actually began at his baptism.  At that time, according to Mark 1:11, the skies opened and God the Father spoke out “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” It was God’s announcement to the world that Jesus was the Messiah and was to reign over His very own people forever, as promised in the law and the prophets of the Old Testament.

He was, as Isaiah 9:6 proclaimed, “The Prince of Peace.” In the verse immediately preceding God speaking from heaven, Mark mentions the descent of what appeared to be a dove upon Jesus at his baptism. Symbolic of the Spirit, the dove appeared to represent the coming of God’s peace with man that would be procured by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. After the great deluge of Genesis 9 the iniquity of the world was washed away in what might be described as a baptism of total immersion. After the deluge that washed away the iniquity upon the earth, the dove returned to the Ark carrying the universal symbol of peace, the olive branch. The wrath of God has been satisfied.

As Jesus entered into his ministry of healing and teaching there was an acute awareness of His role. Jesus quotes Isaiah 61:1, as it referred to himself, in Luke 4:18. He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.” At His baptism, Jesus was God ordained (so to speak) as a declaration to the world that He was the suffering servant who would save the people who would surrender to him from all their sins!


“And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.” Mark 1:10