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 preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
The Baptism and Testing of Jesus
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized 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 forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.Mark 1 biblegateway
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.