The gospel of Mark is the oldest, the shortest, and the most direct of the gospels. Mark does not include a birth story, but rather moves directly to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. The writer of the gospel of Mark identifies the baptism of Jesus as an acknowledgement of Jesus’ divine sonship, and a starting point in Jesus’ adult ministry. The symbolism of the heavens opening, the divine voice, and the descent of the dove point to Jesus as an agent of God’s saving work.
At his baptism, Jesus heard a voice declaring him as God’s beloved. Some people have not heard such words of acceptance in their lives. Being part of an accepting and welcoming group can model God’s love and acceptance of each person. As you prepare to lead, pray that all in the group may come to know that they are loved and accepted by God.
To be recognized, appreciated and applauded for what we do in life has to be the essence of any human being’s sense of self respect and self worth.
~ Jonathon Welch