The Beloved

Tim Brown

READ : Mark 1:1-11

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee . . . (v. 9)

The second voice in our chorus of gospel witnesses belongs to Mark, the faithful recorder of Peter’s gospel preaching. A distinctive feature of this Gospel is the absence of any account of Jesus’ birth. Mark seems so eager to tell us about Jesus doing, dying, and rising that he leaps over the announcements of the angels, the seeking of the Magi, and the raging taunts of King Herod to let us overhear the Father’s pronouncement over the Son at his baptism, “You are my son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

This announcement tells us not only who Jesus is—the Beloved—but also what we can expect from him—in a word, everything! One early Christian theologian, a man named Hippolytus, puts it this way, “This is my Beloved Son, yes, none other than the One who himself becomes hungry, yet feeds countless numbers. He is my Son who himself becomes weary, yet gives rest to the weary. He has no place to lay his head, yet bears up all things in his hand. He suffers, yet heals sufferings. He is beaten, yet confers liberty upon the world. He is pierced in his side, yet repairs the side of Adam.”

No wonder Mark was eager to tell us everything about Jesus!

PRAYER

Father, give us a heart to love the One whom you called “Beloved.”