No wonder many went out to him in the wilderness, were baptised in water by him, and became his disciples. He had a message of repentance but he also pointed forward to the greater One than he who was coming. The greater person and therefore the greater message.
Here are the Scriptures:
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
“There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and lose.
I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
“I indeed baptized you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”
“I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.
And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which” He said, “you have heard from Me; “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
It is truly remarkable that these statements written of Jesus Christ are all so consistently the same. When you realise that they were written by four different men at different times and from different perspectives.
Matthew was a Jew, versed in Old Testament Scripture and language so he is a link man between the Old and the New Covenant. This explains the many quotations from the Old Testament that Matthew uses.
Mark was a Jew too and possibly close to Peter. His is a very compact gospel, only concerning himself with a limited number of key events, and few teachings or parables.
Luke however was a Gentile and a historian. He was also a doctor. He tells us why he wrote his gospel – he wanted to record in accurate detail a as much as possible of the activities and teachings of Christ.
John wrote his gospel towards the end of his long life and states clearly in it a lot of detail not recorded in the other gospels. His gospel comes from a completely different perspective and we will examine some of this later.