Jesus is baptized by John. The heavens open up. The Spirit descends like a dove.
“You are My beloved Son, in You, I am well pleased.”
In the function of the book of Mark, this is the endorsement of Jesus. This is the stamp of YHWH himself on this rabbi. God is telling the world to listen to this man.
But I kept thinking, “I wonder if this is the essence of the good news.”
This passage is, of course, first about Jesus. Jesus is the firstborn of all creation. He is the firstborn of all His brothers and sisters—of us.
Firstborn and the One who makes way for us to hear the same words from God.
“These are My children, and in them, I am well pleased.”
The good news is, God has not abandoned us.
The good news is, we are His children.
The good news is, God loves us.
God is pleased with us. That is good news. That is Gospel.
I know, at some level, this offends my evangelical brethren (and sisteren), but I believe God is pleased with us. Not in some performance sort of way. Certainly, we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, to be sure, but isn’t there more to God’s being pleased with us than our performance?
My own daughters have broken my heart, but over and over, I have called people around me, put my arm around their necks and said, “These are my daughters, whom I love and in whom I am well pleased.” Well, maybe not those exact words, but words to that effect. It doesn’t mean I endorse everything about their lives, or that they have never let me down, or that they don’t frustrate me at a very deep level, but it means they are my children and I am crazy about them.
I really am crazy about my children.
I would crawl across broken glass for my children.
So would God.
God would crawl across broken glass for His children. Why would He do such a thing? Because He loves us.
The Gospel is that God loves us. Mark is telling us the story of the Spirit descending on humanity and the voice of God saying, “You are My children.”
Me? God loves me?
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