Time passes. The silent years are over. John the Baptist appears on the scene. Soon to be followed by Jesus.
John provides a baptism of repentance, but foretells of a baptism with fire and the Holy Spirit. John is a prominent and noticeable person, but he foretells of one to whom he is worthy to only be a servant.
John invites repentance because the kind of heaven is near. The message and ministry of Jesus is about the coming of that kingdom in himself.
John’s message is a biting one. He is like an OT prophet calling to people back to their roots, back to YHWH. Jesus will continue that message.
The forerunner of Christ burned brightly and for a short duration. But the kingdom he announced lives on in Jesus and in those who follow Jesus.