This week we did a brief survey of the main themes we will explore during the season of Epiphany. As we focused on the Baptism of Jesus as Mark records it, we “looked forward and backward” noticing connecting points between the primary images in Mark and listening for echoes from other texts.

The first image we spent time considering is the “tearing open” of the heavens. Helped by http://leftbehindandlovingit.blogspot.ca/2015/01/the-sky-tearing-and-voice-crying.html, we looked to Isaiah and Mark’s passion narrative for a vivid declaration that the distance and barriers between heaven and earth, between God and humanity, have been rent from top to bottom in the incarnation and ministry of Jesus.

The second feature of the baptism account we listened to was the voice, crying out from heaven, “this is my Son whom I love, and with Him I am well pleased.” Again we looked “backwards” to Isaiah to the “servant I have chosen and put my Spirit on” and forward to the transfiguration and the cross where Jesus is declared to be the Son of God.

For more echoes, and help with the themes of the text and message, these 2 sites were encouraging, shaping and helpful for me…