Jesus entered Galilee as a man with a message and a mission. But this was no ordinary man. Sent with divine authority, Jesus announced that the kingdom of God is near and all should repent and believe the Good News. The King has come to rule and reign. Jesus’ call is clear – we are to become fishers of men and committed to His cause above all other things.
It is a well-known scene – Jesus being baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. But if Jesus were sinless, then why was he baptized? And why, after His baptism, did the Spirit of God send Jesus into the wilderness for 40 days to be tempted by Satan? Alistair helps us understand that we need the One who stood in the water and wandered in the wilderness to repair our fallen world.
Three hundred years after the Old Testament prophets foretold of a coming Messiah, John the Baptist stepped onto the stage of human history and announced that One greater than he is about to arrive. Baptizing in the desert region, John preached clearly about the need for repentance and the means of forgiveness.