Reading: Mark 1:9-13
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. 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.’

12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Thought: Jesus did not need to be baptised, he did not need fixing and had no need of forgiveness. Why then was he? In his baptism he stands in solidarity with us; affirming and supporting us in an inverted version of Spartacus, he stands with us and declares before God I’m [insert your name]! The wonderful thing is that through his identification with us, we are identified with him. God looks at us and says ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’

Prayer: Thank you Jesus for your gracious commitment to us.

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