John the Baptist knew that something important was about to happen.
He knew that Jesus was to be the defining factor in Israel’s and mankind’s future.
John warned the establishment that their way was not to be the future. God was doing something different.
Repentance from sin was to be a first step in awaiting the new future. This baptism was to be the first step of commitment to this new future.
Jesus was coming to bring change with the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Will we, too, prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming again this Christmas?