The heavens open and the Spirit descends like a dove. Mark refers to the Spirit five times. In the Old Testament, the Spirit was given to specific people in order to fulfill a particular task for a precise period of time. To name a few: Othniel (Judges 3:10), Gideon (Judges 6:34), Azariah (2 Chronicles 15:1). After they completed their assignment the Spirit left. In verse 10 Jesus’ baptism was God’s way of inviting us from living in the momentary strength of the Old Testament into the larger world of His continual help. The promise of the Spirit falls on us and does not ever leave. Why did the Son of Man appear as a man and the Spirit as a dove? To show us a new pattern for living. The Holy Spirit makes daily living possible by connecting us to Jesus and making us compatible with His ways. The problem for us is we live like Old Testament people - hoping for moments when the Spirit will come and help us in our tough times. Other times we assume the responsibility of supplying our energy for life and faith. We pray, “God please be with me” when He is with us AT All TIMES.
Father, I empty myself of my self-effort. I let go of my little prayers for Your presence. Help me see that You have been here all along. Today I yield to the work of Your Spirit in me.