Mark 1:9-15 This gospel lesson describes Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan River. Jesus has a private revelation – unlike the Transfiguration where 3 friends witnessed his transformation. He alone experienced the spirit of God descend on him like a dove and he heard, “You are my beloved.” What did the revelation mean to Jesus? How did he understand that he was God’s beloved? This has always, and continues to be, a pivotal question for Christians. How we understand this question frames and shapes our understanding of what it means to be a Christian.