My family openly rebelled when I stopped providing daily devotions for the dinner table. Because I am moving on to other projects for Lent, and my younger daughters want me to reestablish weekly Family God Time, I have simplified the devotions from what we did over Advent and Christmas. We read the verses for the day while the food is being served for supper, and discuss the questions as we eat. We pray the prayer before we leave the table.
You can get the whole week of devotions in a pdf file here: Daily Devotions Mark 1 4 11
I hope this time will be a holy time for you and your family!
JESUS’ BAPTISM: MARK 1:4-11
Prayer of the Week: Dear Jesus, we thank you for the gift of baptism, which unites us as brothers and sisters in Christ. Help us to live as your beloved children. In your name we pray, Amen.
MARK 1:4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
BIG QUESTIONS: Have you ever spent any time in the wilderness? What was that experience like? Why do you think that John decided to appear in the wilderness, instead of a town?
MARK 1:5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
BIG QUESTIONS: Do you remember a time when someone was baptized in your church? What was that experience like? How do you think it would feel to tell John about all of the bad things you had done, and then have them washed away in the river?
MARK 1:6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
BIG QUESTIONS: Have you ever known someone who wore different clothes or ate different food than you did? What was that experience like? Why do you suppose that John was so different than everyone else?
MARK 1:7-8 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
BIG QUESTIONS: Who do you think John was preparing the people for? What do you think it means to be baptized with the Holy Spirit? What do you think of when you think of the Holy Spirit?
MARK 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
BIG QUESTIONS: This is a time when Jesus and his cousin John were together in one place. John had prepared the way for people to hear Jesus’ message, and now he was handing over the work to Jesus. In what ways do you think you can prepare yourself and others for Jesus?
MARK 1:10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
BIG QUESTIONS: When you think about the Holy Spirit, do you think of a dove? Do you think of the heavens being torn apart? Why do think that the Holy Spirit decided to show up in that way at Jesus’ baptism?
MARK 1:11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
BIG QUESTIONS: Who do you think the voice belonged to? Why do you think it said what it said? What if these words were addressed to you?