John came preaching repentance (Matthew 3:1-2). However, the condition of the people to his preaching called forth a two-fold thrust to his message: Immersion for the remission of sins, Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3; 7: 33; and judgment (or wrath) to come for the unrepentant, Matthew 3:7 (cf. Malachi 3:1-6; 4:1-6: Luke 1:17). So, John tells the Jews in Matthew 3, and the parallel passages, that after him was coming the Saviour and Judge of the world, the One who would pour forth on the whole Jewish nation God’s Spirit and God’s fire of judgement.
Kevin’s Two Cents
Jesus is the fulfillment of these prophecies that are presented to you today. Let us Heed the warning of the John the Immerser, and of the prophets, and let us walk tall
God is good,
Love you all.
– Kevin J.