Bible Text: Mark 1:9-11 | Preacher: Dr. George A. Mulford | Series: Mark : The Gospel of the Servant Timing is important in everything and it's very important with God. Why didn't Jesus begin His ministry when he was 18? Or 21 or 25? Why did Jesus choose this particular time to make His identity and His earthly mission known to man? Scripture says it had to be when the time was just right, "in the fullness of time." Jesus waited until He was 30 years old to launch His earthly ministry and He began that earthly ministry by being baptized by John the Baptist.  As we think about our passage of Scripture today, I want us to look at the meaning of baptism and the motives for it.