OVERVIEW: Jesus’ ministry is authenticated and he begins by overcoming temptation, proclaiming good news, calling his disciples, and healing those in need.
BIG IDEA: Return home to God.
KEY VERSE: Mark 1:10–11 (God to Jesus)
As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I created you to be in a relationship with me. I am your Heavenly Father who loves you and protects you. I am the Son who understands what it means to be a human being and teaches you how to live. I am the Spirit who encourages and leads and speaks to you beyond words. I am God, and you are special because I love you.
Your life should never be boring. I have called you to follow me—and I go where the action is. Together, we will stand against evil and win. We will bring a new, compelling message to those who need it. We will introduce people to my miracles and healing. Seek me and watch for these opportunities as I lead you. This kind of life requires you to take steps of faith, but they will be the best steps you take. Follow me and live a life of eternal impact.
If you have not yet been baptized as a believer in Jesus, let your pastor or a church leader know that you want to do so. Today, in the way you talk and listen, in the choices you make, in how you relate to others, let it be clear that you identify with Jesus.