By now everyone knows things absolutely must change. Thousands are running away from a religion that offers form but no substance. It still looks correct but no longer feels right.
So they break out! On the loose for hope!
Matthew says they find it in the desert and in the water with an unlikely prophet. A preacher in camel’s hair and leather who tells them to get ready! Repent!
They’re right. Things must change. The kingdom of heaven is near.
The errant custodians of God come out too. They want to see where their flock has gone. They must have been surprised to get the same offer in sterner language – Repent or else!
But there is something much more important going on here.
John says I am just the warm-up. It’s ok to be excited, but I am just words and water. That’s all I can ever do for you.
But there is something more…Someone more!
One more powerful and more worthy! He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire!
Jesus is not just words and water. He is Spirit and Life. He gets on the inside and changes our hearts. The kingdom of heaven comes, not in the desert, but within us.