“It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove (Mark 1:9-10).”

In the beginning, before the creation of the heavens and the earth, the Spirit is described as hovering over the face of the waters. Similarly, at Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit is described as descending like a dove. This reveals to us that just as the Spirit hovered over the waters before the original creation, the Spirit also hovered over Jesus because He was going to do a new creation. 

This new creation was going to be similar, but different than the original creation. This new creation was also going to bring order out of chaos and life out of death, but this time, instead of hovering over water, the Spirit was hovering over the person of Jesus Christ. This foreshadowed the fact that this time the Spirit was not here to transform physical creation, rather He was here to transform humanity. 

This Sunday we are going to open up Mark 1:9-13 and look at the moment Jesus was “Inaugurated” to begin the work of God’s new creation. Since this passage covers the moment God’s new creation began, it is clearly close to our hearts at New Creation HB. So earlier this week we asked Rachel Escalante if she could paint this profound and glorious moment, and she greatly blessed us with the gorgeous painting you see above. 

May God bless you as you submit to Him and allow Him to reveal His new creation through you as well. Hope to see you on Sunday!