12 When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Judea and returned to Galilee. 13 He went first to Nazareth, then left there and moved to Capernaum, beside the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This fulfilled what God said through the prophet Isaiah:
15 “In the land of Zebulun and of Naphtali,
beside the sea, beyond the Jordan River,
in Galilee where so many Gentiles live,
16 the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow,
The adult man Jesus makes a public declaration to dedicate His life to the service of God by immersion in the waters of the Jordan River by John the Baptist. John identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God, the Holy Spirit falls on him like a dove and an audible voice from heaven declares Jesus as God’s beloved Son with whom he is well pleased.
“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.”
After his baptism and the heavenly pronouncement, which must have been a wonderful moment for Jesus, he faced his first test of character. And it was titanic.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. At that moment the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, who brings me great joy, with him I am well pleased.” (NIV NLT)
On the liturgical calendar, the baptism of Jesus is traditionally commemorated on the second Sunday of Epiphany.
Reading from Matthew chapter 3:13-15
13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.
Reading from Luke 2:25 after baby Jesus was presented in the Temple.
25-32 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was pious, righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died. Led by the Spirit, he entered the Temple. As the parents of the child Jesus brought him in to carry out the rituals of the Law, Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God: (MSG)