What Jesus is announcing is the good (and extremely dangerous) news that God’s kingdom, His reign, His authority over all the world—God’s kingdom is arriving and breaking in, through him. Our response? Repent and believe. Easier said than done.
We rarely announce a Presence which saves. We presupposed all that Christianity stuff—as in, Jesus’ Presence, the new horizon and a decisive direction in our life—and we go straight to what we are supposed to do.
What is going on in Jesus’ baptism? Clearly he doesn’t need it. And why aren’t we talking about cute little baby Jesus anymore?
Today, as St. Paul says, we are told the secret plan, the mystery: God hasn’t been choosing some people and forgetting about others, he hasn’t been playing favorites. God has, all along, been working to bring salvation to all people, from every nation and race and tribe.
The spring of living water continues to flow. It has never ceased.