The Gospel of Mark is giving us pictures of who Jesus is so that we will believe and follow him. In Mark 1:9-11 we see the baptism of Jesus pictured as his coronation. Jesus is declared the Beloved Son, the Savior, and the King in the baptism event. Following the declaration of Jesus as God’s Son and the inauguration of his public ministry, Jesus is not treated to a royal reception or celebration. Instead, Jesus is appointed by the Spirit for a much different task: a meeting with Satan in the wilderness.
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