Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came upon heaven, You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased.
John the Baptist has made the scene, getting the people all riled up, turning them on their heels and calling them to repentance. His listeners begin to wonder if he might be the Messiah, and he responds saying that while he baptizes them with water, someone is coming who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. And then one day Jesus himself shows up, asking to be baptized by John. Johns immediate response is No wayI need to be baptized by you! But Jesus insists, and John baptizes Jesus. As Jesus emerges from the water, the heavens open up, the Spirit descends like a dove and alights on Jesus. A voice from heaven declares: This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.
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