Our scripture this week is Mark 1:9-13, taken today from the Common English Bible (CEB).

About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. And there was a voice from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.” At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him.

Jesus took human form and accepted human obligations to become one of us, to show us God’s love. He taught us what God expects from His people. He was willing to live and die for us that we might be saved. What can we do to return His love?

Jesus showed us through His actions what God requires of us. He went out to the people to share God’s love through teaching and healing. While we may not perform the miracles Christ did, our work in the world can have a miraculous effect.

Just as God called Jesus to be His representative so we are called to continue the ministry He showed us. God wants everyone to know His love and we are His chosen people to accomplish this. May we accept the gift and the task He gives us joyfully.

Gracious God, we are humbled that You want to connect with us. Help us to be the face of Jesus to all we meet, sharing the wonder of Your love with all the world. Amen.

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