TEXT: John 3:22-30
Charles Spurgeon said, "The motto of all true servants of God must be, 'We preach Christ; and him crucified.' A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching."
Our passage begins with a geographical shift taking place in Jesus' ministry once again. In John chapter 2 we learned that Jesus, His disciples, His mother, and some of His other family members moved to Capernaum. For a brief time, that city became Jesus' base of operations; Capernaum is also the place from whence scholars believe Jesus called the rest of His disciples.
Now that He has His group of 12 followers, Jesus moves to Judea. Commentators have noted that Matthew, Mark, and Luke focus on Jesus' ministry in the Galilee region; John is the only one who focuses on Jesus' ministry in Judea. He provides us a different perspective.
Jesus continues preaching that the kingdom of God has come and He also begins to baptize as John did. Now, this baptism was not the same as the baptism of the new believer that the church practices today. This was a Jewish purification ritual which signified that the one being baptized was repenting and being cleansed of their sins. Both John and Jesus called on people to repent of and turn from their sins in order to prepare their hearts for the arrival of the kingdom of God.
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