Mark 1:10
As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens breaking open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove.
After BaptismMark 1:10
Dovelike Properties in ChristG. Petter.Mark 1:10
How to Improve Our BaptismT. Manton.Mark 1:10
Like a DoveJ. Morison, D. D.Mark 1:10
The Divine TrinityBishop Jeremy Taylor.Mark 1:10
The Dove Temper in the ChurchMark 1:10
Christ Entering JerusalemC. S. Robinson, D. D.Mark 1:1-11
Christ Entering JerusalemJ. R. Danford.Mark 1:1-11
Honouring ChristE. H. Chaplin, D. D.Mark 1:1-11
The Triumphal EntryJ. R. Thomson.Mark 1:1-11
Who is This?J. Jowett, M. A.Mark 1:1-11
A Happy TownTrapp.Mark 1:1-12
Christ in the HouseG. Rogers.Mark 1:1-12
Christ in the HouseJ. S. Exell, M. A.Mark 1:1-12
Christly Influence in the HomeC. H. Spurgeon.Mark 1:1-12
Family WorshipJ. N. Natron.Mark 1:1-12
How Christ Enters the HouseJ. N. Natron.Mark 1:1-12
It was Noised that He was in the HouseL. Palmer.Mark 1:1-12
Jesus in the House: Piety At HomeJ. N. Natron.Mark 1:1-12
Piety in the House Proved by Virtue in the ChildrenArnot.Mark 1:1-12
ShilohM. Henry.Mark 1:1-12
The General Ministry of ChristD. Davies, M. A.Mark 1:1-12
The King and His CourtAnon.Mark 1:1-12
Hidden WorthM. Henry.Mark 1:9-10
Jesus Christ's Early Youth and BaptismExpository OutlinesMark 1:9-10
NazarethC. Geikie, D. D.Mark 1:9-10
Nazareth of Galilee: the Fitness of the SpotF. W. Farrar, D. D.Mark 1:9-10
Our Lord's BaptismH. M. Luckock, D. D.Mark 1:9-10
The Baptism of ChristH. Thorne.Mark 1:9-10
The Baptism of Christ: its SignificanceW. B. Pope, D. D.Mark 1:9-10
The Baptism of JesusSermons by the Monday ClubMark 1:9-10
The Baptism of JesusAnon.Mark 1:9-10
The Coronation of the KingA. McLaren, D. D.Mark 1:9-10
The Public Commencement of a Great LifeJoseph S. Exell, M. A.Mark 1:9-10
The Saviour's Consecration to His WorkAnon.Mark 1:9-10
The Baptism of JesusA.F. Muir Mark 1:9-11
The Baptism of Our LordJ.J. Given Mark 1:9-11
The Consecration of JesusE. Johnson Mark 1:9-13
The Official PreparationR. Green Mark 1:9-13

One of many proofs of the wide influence of the Baptist's ministry. He came from Nazareth of Galilee. The multitudinous baptism of John was a fit occasion and background for the special and peculiar baptism of Jesus. The awakened national conscience represented for the nonce the general confession of sin by the individuals of mankind saved through the gospel. Christ's baptism was -

I. A FULFILMENT OF LEGAL RIGHTEOUSNESS. It was one ceremony of the Law taken as representative of the spirit and essence of the whole ceremonial system. Inasmuch as it involved a confession of sin, he by undergoing it

(1) humiliated himself; and

(2) identified himself with the sinful nature of the race.

Whilst condemning in his pure spirit the sin of man, he yet takes his place with sinners, as one with them in their penalty and their hope.


1. Through plenary reception of the Holy Spirit. This was the same Spirit in which he had already been living, but given now "without measure." Inspiration ensues upon conscious acts of obedience and righteousness; true spiritual baptism is given to those who submit willingly to the positive requirements of God's Law. This was

(1) the completion of the Divine-human consciousness; and

(2) the communion of God and man, of heaven and earth. The (violently and suddenly) rent heaven symbolized this.

2. Through Divine attestation. It was a voice to John, but much more to Jesus himself. Through this experience he realized that the attitude he had assumed, and the career upon which he was about to enter, were approved of his Father. The favor and acceptance therein declared were also, by implication, a recognition of his perfect personal purity. It was not as a sinner that he submitted to baptism, but as the sinner's Friend and intending Saviour. - M.

The heavens opened.
This was the inauguration and proclamation of the Messiahs, when He began to be the great Prophet of the New Covenant. And this was the greatest meeting that ever was upon the earth, where the whole cabinet of the mysterious Trinity was opened and shown, as much as the capacities of our present imperfections will permit; the Second Person in the veil of humanity; the Third in the shape, or with the motion, of a dove: but the First kept His primitive state; and as to the Israelites He gave notice by way of caution, "Ye saw no shape, but ye heard a voice," so now also God the Father gave testimony to His Holy Son, and appeared only in a voice, without any visible representment.

(Bishop Jeremy Taylor.)

The Spirit like a dove
A most captivating symbol. The eagle, too, was in our Lord; everything about Him was mingled with the sublime; but the dove was predominant. Not only while on earth, but all along the ages, it is the power of His gentleness and tenderness and meekness — His love, in short, that has been victorious. He has "wooed" and "won".

(J. Morison, D. D.)

I. INNOCENT and harmless (Hebrews 7:26).

II. LOVING and tender hearted (Ephesians 3:19).

III. MEEK and gentle (Matthew 11:29). This is matter of singular comfort to the faithful members of Christ: for Christ being innocent and harmless like the dove, yea, pure from all spot of sin, this His purity and holiness is imputed to so many as truly believe in Him; and by it they are accepted, as holy and pure through Christ, though in themselves they are polluted and sinful. Again, Christ being also a loving, gentle, and meek Saviour, He will not deal with us in rigour or wrath; but in compassion, love, and gentleness, accepting our weak endeavours in His service, pardoning our wants and infirmities, and cherishing in us the smallest beginnings of grace (Isaiah 42:2, 3). Strive we to imitate our Saviour Christ in these properties of the dove.

(G. Petter.)

The Holy Spirit came as a dove, a gentle, joyous creature, with no bitterness of gall, no fierceness of bite, no violence of rending claws, loving human houses, associating within one home; nurturing their young together; when they fly abroad, hanging in their flight side by side; leading their life in mutual intercourse; giving in concord the kiss of peace with the bill; in every way fulfilling the law of unanimity. This is the singleness of heart that ought to be in the Church; this is the habit of love that must be obtained.

( Cyprian.)

To quicken you to improve your baptism consider —


II. THE IMPROVEMENT OF BAPTISM IS THE BEST PREPARATION OF THE LORD'S SUPPER (John 13:8). Before the Church, none but baptized persons have a right to the Lord's Table; before God, none but those who have the fruit of baptism have a right to the benefit thereof.

III. IF WE IMPROVE IT NOT, BAPTISM WILL BE A WITNESS AGAINST US. One Elpidophorus relapsed into Arianism, and the deacon who baptized him showed him the garments in which he had been baptized, and said, "These shall be a witness against thee to all eternity." But how shall we improve it?

1. We must personally and solemnly own the covenant made with God in infancy. What was then done for us must now be done by us.

2. Renew often the sense of obligation to God, and keep a constant reckoning of obedience (2 Peter 1:9).

3. Use frequent self-reflection to know whether you are indeed washed from the guilt and filth of sin (1 Corinthians 6:11).

4. Use it as a great help in all temptations (1 Corinthians 6:15). Dionysia comforted her son Majoricus, an African martyr, with this speech, "Remember, my son, that thou art baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and be constant." Luther, when tempted to despair, used to say, "I am baptized, and believe in Christ crucified."

(T. Manton.)

I.NEW REVELATIONS GAINED — "The heavens were opened."


III.NEW WITNESS ENJOYED — "Thou art My beloved Son."

IV.NEW TRIAL IMPOSED — "Tempted of Satan."


VI.NEW PRIVILEGES CONFERRED — "And angels ministered unto Him."

VII.NEW WORK ASSIGNED — "Preaching the gospel."

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