Date:June 09, 2013

The Baptism of Jesus by John

Baptism of Jesus by JohnThe Baptism of Jesus by John

Jesus’ public ministry begins with his baptism by John in the Jordan (Mark 1:9-11). John the Baptist was “a voice crying in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Jesus kneels before John, and as John baptizes him with water, Jesus sees the heavens open and “the Spirit descending upon him like a dove.” Here, a dove descends from the top of the window, symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ pose is one of receptivity and devotion. The aura around his head with the three red pieces of glass was the way in which medieval Christians characterized the divinity of Christ as one person of the Holy Trinity. The wild-eyed representation of John, the deep blue- green water, the picture of peace upon Jesus’ face all combine to say, “Thou art my beloved Son, with Thee I am well pleased.”