My wife has what is referred to as a ‘Manifest pension’, we understand that it is a pension granted for ever. This is because her condition is never likely to be healed and she requires this money for daily living for the remainder of her life. It seems there is a clause built in here,
‘Manifest’ because. Which by now we may have gathered is partway to understanding why Jesus is made manifest to the Nations. God in (Hu)man made manifest, made known . Ships have manifests, lists of cargo, passengers, provisions. Jesus in all manifestations has been revealed: to the Magi, at the Jordan, in the Temple and on the Cross.
We have seen him under many circumstances because we need his presence and his gifts for ever if we’re to remain in God forever, if we’re to enjoy eternal life.
Mark chapter 1.
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness
A baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus begins his ministry being baptised, just as anyone who came to John was. As he left the water, the skies were ruptured and the Holy Spirit, as a dove descends upon him and Jesus is acclaimed by the Father as his own dear son with whom he is well pleased. The Triune one makes Himself known as Man, deity,and dove, the harbinger of the Good.
Jesus also endured a baptism of temptation in the wilderness as he was tempted by evil for 40 days.
We learn 2 things here:
- Jesus was with wild creatures
- And angels attended to him.
Like bookends upholding, supporting the trembling between.
Mark does not tell what this was and the next we learn John is imprisoned.