Why is it important to describe where John the Baptist preached and what he was wearing? Why is it important to describe how he was dressed and what he ate? Was his dress like those of the prophets – camels hair and rope? Does his dress proclaim one set apart? Different? For a special mission? Not dressed in ordinary clothes?
His proclamation about the “one coming after him” – was it an answer to people’s questions? When he says that he is not worthy to untie the sandals of the one he is announcing, does it point to the importance of the “One”, the holiness of the “One”?
“Baptize with the Holy Spirit” – if that says that the baptism not of water is from God, then it is more powerful, special and different than John’s baptism. Water cleanses and is necessary for life. Holy Spirit cleanses, changes, elevates, makes holy – new and different, connects one wit God. The baptism by the Holy Spirit is more desirable.
Jesus makes the journey from Nazareth to Judah to be baptized by John – He sanctifies all of the waters of the earth.
Before beginning His ministry, Jesus goes into wilderness to fast and pray, to perhaps find out the scope of His ministry. Matthew and Luke’s gospel explores this theme in more detail. “He was with the wild beasts and the angels waited on Him” – wild beasts did not harm him and angels wait on God – like the “beginning”, the creator is with His creation.
Jesus begins His ministry after John is arrested – conflicts with Gospel of John
All synoptic Gospels speak of beginning in Galilee – John does not.
Then Jesus calls disciples – also different from John’s Gospel where Jesus calls some disciples after His baptism
Apostles will still be fishing, only the catch will be different and harder – in a way.