Sharing anything at all from this site is easier than ever! Just highlight some text and you can automaticaly share your selection to Twitter and Facebook!
John the Baptist and Jesus

John the Baptist and Jesus

ministry-of-jesus-and-of-john-john-the-baptist-and-jesusJohn the Baptist and Jesus carried out their ministries during the same time period, though John’s went on for a much longer period of time than the ministry of Jesus. John went on preaching from an untold age, and Jesus much later in his life. John was equipped with the Holy Ghost since birth, even inside the womb.

For Jesus, the Holy Spirit  came upon him after he was baptized by John. They crossed paths, and carried a similar message, but not exactly the same.

This post is a product of me trying to answer a great question concerning the ministry of Jesus and of John. But the answer was much too large for a comment section or a social media post, and thought that it would be a great fit for the Answers to Biblical Questions section of the site!

Pearl of Great Price

pearl-of-great-price-john-the-baptist-and-jesusThe particular question that we’ll be tackling was something that I’ve never considered, and needed to do some prayerful reading into the Word, to see what the Lord would have me to know and relay. This is one of the reasons that I enjoy answering questions. When Jesus spoke of a pearl of great price, this is one way to find it (using that piece of scripture for this particular context). The tougher the question, the deeper into the Word I’ll dig for the answers.

That provokes me to say the following, then on to the answer… How many treasures would I have missed out on, if it were not for the great questions that have been presented? Not necessarily presented to me personally, but every once in awhile, I’ll catch wind of someone just presenting a question for anyone to answer.

It’s been my experience, that to search out answers to tough questions, is just the same as the Father leading me by the hand into a mine filled with treasures of all sorts. But if I were to ignore the question (or questions), then I would’ve never taken the first step, and left the Father hanging with his hand out, waiting to take hold.

Speaking proverbially, how often is the Lord waiting for us to take his hand and be lead to the beach; then lead to a particular part of the beach; then lead to turn over some sand, exposing a shell; then lead to pick up the shell; then listen to the instruction he gives as to how to open it. Then lastly, to be lead to open that shell and behold that pearl of great price, and hold on to it?

What I’d suggest is that we avoid thinking we know all, when we need to rather, keep our eyes open for a chance to learn something that the Father would like for us to know. It’s easy to think that you’ve got all the answers when you’re not aware of all the questions. That’s why I enjoy answering questions. Not because I know the answers, but enjoy the course the Lord leads me on to discover the answers!

So here’s the question…

Gospel of the Kingdom

biblical-questions-and-answers-john-the-baptist-and-jesus“Do you think the gospel of the kingdom that John the Baptist preached differed from the gospel Jesus preached to Nicodemus? Is there a difference in comparing Mark 1:14-15 with John 3:24?”

To answer the first question, the short answer is yes there is a difference. John preached that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, and Jesus was telling Nicodemus how to see and enter the Kingdom of God.

John 3:
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

There’s no mention in the Gospels, of John the Baptist preaching about the Kingdom of God at all (at least not that I could find. If you know of any mentions of this in the Gospels please let me know in the comments down below.)

The first step to see a difference between what Jesus was teaching vs what John was teaching, is to realize that the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God are not synonymous.  The Kingdom of Heaven is a particular place, and the Kingdom of God is everything. In other words, The Kingdom of God is everything, with Heaven as it’s capital. John was preaching something that was new, when he was declaring that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand.

Up until that point, nobody expected to go to heaven when they died, but rather to Paradise; the portion of Sheol that was reserved for the righteous. Jesus gives us a glance into that scene in Luke 16:20-31

Luke 16:

20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldst send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.gospel-of-the-kingdom-john-the-baptist-and-jesus

I believe that the ministry of John the Baptist differed from the ministry of Jesus. The reason I think that way, is because of what we can read in John 3, as John was discussing Christ to his apostles:

John 3:

31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. 34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

We can see what John said in verse 31 & 32 come to life when Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus. I believe that between the two (Jesus & John), the major difference of ministries was John preached from an earthly point of view, and Jesus was spiritual. But when it comes to Jesus, who is “he who is above all,” as John puts it; he wore all hats, so to speak. He covered all ground and touched on things from an earthly perspective when necessary, and a spiritual perspective given from the Father.

He addressed all that he needed to, and went places above and beyond what John did concerning what was preached and taught, even before John was in prison. When you read Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus, you could tell that he received what Jesus was saying as if hearing it from John, or at least from an earthly viewpoint, as he took everything physically.

John 3:

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

ministry-of-jesus-above-all-john-the-baptist-and-jesus

Between the two, John covered one side of the quarter, and Jesus covered both sides, for an easily imaginable way to describe what I’m trying to say. John preached the Kingdom of Heaven, and the up and coming, unprecedented, and unimaginable direct access to the Father in Heaven. He says that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, or in other words,within reach, just at our fingertips, etc..

Jesus preached about both. The Kingdom of Heaven and also the Kingdom of God. My opinion derived from scripture, is that it’s the world we live in, coupled with the sinful nature of man, that keeps us from gaining a glimpse into the Kingdom of God. We’re surrounded by the Kingdom of Darkness, and it’s only through the Holy Ghost, that we can penetrate through the darkness and see what the Lord is talking about, concerning the Kingdom of Heaven..

Find out how the world is succeeding against the Saints and learn what we can do about it. Get your discounted copy of “Not of this World: Out of the Mire.”

2nd Part of the Question

“Is there a difference in comparing Mark 1:14-15 with John 3:24?”

eyes-on-scriptures-john-the-baptist-and-jesusBefore answering this question, let’s get our eyes on the noted scriptures.

Mark 1:

14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

John 3:

24 For John was not yet cast into prison. (to put this into context of the question, this verse is sandwiched between Jesus talking to Nicodemus and John the Baptist talking to his disciples.)

I believe in order to make sense of what appears to be a discrepancy, is to understand a couple of things about the book of Mark. Mark is extremely condensed in it’s content. What I mean is, Mark is the text equivalent of a man of few words when it comes to an account of the ministry of Christ Jesus.

On the surface it appears that Mark is saying that John was imprisoned as soon as Jesus began his journey back from the wilderness, but that’s not what it says. It just simply says “after that,” which is literally true. Just not immediately after that or as soon as Jesus was done being tempted.

There’s an untold space of time that Mark didn’t feel lead to elaborate on, which is fine, because Apostle John’s record gave us deeper insight instead. Each of the four Gospels concentrate on different things that transpired, and some left out what others concentrate on, and we can see that just by the difference in length of each book.

Matthew has 28 chapters
Mark has 16 chapters
Luke has 24 chapters
John has 21 chapters

If they all told the same parts of the same story, they’d all be the same length (or much closer to the same.) Even still, the Book of John tells us that all of this is merely scratching the surface when it comes to the life and ministry of the Lord on earth, as he makes sure to add the following:

John 21:

25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

world-itself-could-not-contain-john-the-baptist-and-jesus

But I digress… I guess what I would like to say, is that John 3 took place between Mark 13 & 14. John the Baptist’s account that spanned from John 3:25-36, took place well after John baptized Jesus, which we can find in John talking about in chapter 1. Please be careful to realize, that this is John the Baptist’s testimony of what went on while baptizing Jesus, and untold amount of time beforehand. This is not where it actually happened. John’s audience that day were his disciples, priests, and Levites, from Jerusalem.

I’d venture to say that what John the Baptist’s testimony in John 1 took place with a minimum of 41-50 days after Jesus was lead into the wilderness. That conclusion is because Jesus didn’t come out of the wilderness till the 40 day fast was over, and there’s a couple of things recorded (such as his conversation with Nicodemus, and baptizing, growing greater than John, etc.) that back up that conclusion. Plus, John eyeballed Jesus midway through his account and said, “Hey, that’s the guy!!”

Jesus was lead out of the wilderness empowered by the Holy Ghost and moved forward with his Ministry. Please see Why was Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness? Jesus and the disciples that were following him at that time, (it seems to me that only few were with the Lord before John was imprisoned) and John along with his disciples, are recorded to have been baptizing in Judea simultaneously.

Bottom line being, Mark’s account sliced off a great deal of time (Matthew’s account did also by the way), skipping over allot of what we find in John.

Conclusion

Thank you for checkout this page & I hope that the goal that started me down this road, helped to clear the waters concerning what looks to be a discrepancy, but is actually just a lack of pointing to detail. With the Gospels, one hand washes the other. When we find a discrepancy, (especially in the Gospels) it’s always something to mark down and research further. These are the things that lead us to dig deeper and make discoveries that bless the soul!

john-the-baptist-and-jesus-john-the-baptist-and-jesusI hope that this page has been a blessing to you! If it has in any way, please invite someone over to this page to give it a read! Share with your peers using the share button below to share via the social media of your choice, or click the plus sign to the right hand side of your screen.

Also, you can bookmark this site or subscribe to the RSS feed to get the next page directly to your inbox, so you don’t miss up and coming topics that will be covered on this site. May the Lord bless all of you in the name above all names, the name of Jesus, and thank you again for reading John the Baptist and Jesus – Q&A!

Similar Posts:

share-john-the-baptist-and-jesus

4 thoughts on “John the Baptist and Jesus

  1. Brian, I did not say that “What we see is not included as a part of the Kingdom of God” I was referring to Christ saying that the Kingdom of God does NOt come with “OBSERVATION.” Because, the Kingdom of God is WITHIN. I see you were quoting John 3, “Except a man be born again he can not “SEE” the kingdom of God….but what he means is not ‘sight’ here, he means he will not Enter…and in fact the Aramaic states “enter” rather than “see”. I Mentioned this because your statement was misleading: “…telling Nicodemus that he must SEE and Enter the kingdom of God.” The Kingdom of God can not be seen. Like 17

    The other Scriptures you offered are true, indeed, but had no bearing on what I was saying whatsoever.

    But I DO say that being filled with the Spirit of God is one and the same with entering his Kingdom because, it is at THIS point that we become One with Yeshua and the Father and so have entered his Kingdom and become his Temple. You don’t get any more close to Him than this on earth. You are inside his Kingdom! The Holy Spirit is our Seal of redemption until he comes, and the Power to change our mortal bodies to meet him in the air.

    May God bless you also and your work in him.

    Victoria

    • Hi Victoria,
      Thank you, I didn’t realize that sentence was misleading, but was only condensing what Jesus had to say to Nicodemus. “John preached that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, and Jesus was telling Nicodemus how to see and enter the Kingdom of God.” That’s the one. I suppose from a fleshly point of view you’re right, and maybe I should have pointed out that Jesus was speaking spiritually. To remedy this, I’ve added John 3:3-6 in that section. I think that should make clear what’s going on, because included, is Jesus having to specify to Nicodemus that he was speaking spiritually in verse 6.
      Anyways,thanks for pointing that out & may the Lord bless you in every way in Jesus mighty name!
      Brian

  2. The kingdom of God is different as The Kingdom of Heaven is where God resides. And the Kingdom of heaven is WITHIN (*some of) US. Yeshua was telling Nicodemus HOW to enter the Kingdom of God. He was NOT saying “See” the Kingdom of God, because the Kingdom of God, Yeshua said, Comes NOT with observation. So it can not be considered “Everything.”

    I know your Bible does not say *Some of us, But THIS is what Yeshua originally said! Aramaic text. And it stands to reason he would have said “Some of you” and not that, ” The kingdom of God is within us” Because it is NOT in us ALL of us and Yeshua’s words were precise. And it can not be in the wicked.

    When we reject the world, we receive the Holy Spirit. And not until! This is when we enter the Kingdom of God. His Spirit and our spirit are then ONE, as Yeshua prayed in the garden that we would be ONE as he is one with the Father. We can then hear his voice and commune with him directly, and are given spiritual gifts.

    John said, the one coming after him (Yeshua) will baptise with the Holy spirit and with Fire. Those Baptised with the Holy Spirit have entered the Kingdom of God. So he was preaching that it would come by Yeshua. The Kingdom of Heaven being preached was indeed new because, before Yeshua, we had no way to enter it. As he himself testified, No one has come down from heaven except the Son of man. And he was the firstborn of the Dead.

    John preached from a carnal point of view because, he was ushering in the Christ. He was sent before him to prepare the way. Those baptised by John received the message that Christ proclaimed. Those who were not baptised by him, such as the Pharisees, did not, but mocked his words.

    • Hi Victoria,
      Thanks for your comment!
      I was quoting from John 3:
      3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
      What he’s saying is that those who don’t meet the criteria that Jesus just laid out (being born again), won’t be laying eyes on God’s Kingdom. Ever. If a person is both in the world and of the world, all they’ll ever see is the Kingdom of Darkness, not the Kingdom of God. And come judgement, they’ll take part in the reward of the Kingdom of Darkness. Still not taking part in God’s Kingdom.

      Colossians 1:
      12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

      Concerning what you said about what we see not being included as a part of the Kingdom of God:
      Deuteronomy 10:
      14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.
      Psalm 24:
      1 The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
      Exodus 19:
      5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

      If it’s the Lord’s, then it’s within his Kingdom. Whether we can see it or not:
      Romans 1:
      20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

      The verse that you brought up next actually bolsters what I’m saying. Bear with me a moment…

      Luke 17:20-22
      20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

      Jesus said it cometh not with observation, because there’s nothing to see come, or nothing to observe. The Pharisees were asking for something to show up that is already here. Here, there, and everywhere else. That includes everyone inside his Kingdom. The issue isn’t God’s Kingdom showing up with a bang, but rather removing the worldly shroud from off of this sliver of his Kingdom.

      Look at it this way, if the Colorado government was taken over by terrorists, would the legal citizens within the borders of Colorado no longer be Americans? Of course not, they’d still be Americans, but living in the confines of another government, an intruder. Would the powers that be in the U.S. rest well with that, and just consider Colorado a different land? I’d like to think not. As far as they’d be concerned, it didn’t become a new land, but instead has been overtaken, and needing liberation.

      Let’s say that the U.S. government provided a slim route of escape for all inhabitants to funnel through, to cross into a neighboring state to safety before sending in the rockets, bombs, and military, to re-take the state. But the new government is so attractive for the people that live there, very few even realize that what they are under is occupation, not liberty. They are lied to about the government surrounding their state, and many choose to forsake the route that would lead them to true safety. But others who have been made aware of the route of escape know that they are citizens of the U.S., and go around trying to wake people up to the truth about their current state, what the redemption plan is, and exposing the lies of the intrusive government.

      Sorry if I got a bit carried away with the analogy, but I think you can see what I’m getting at. The earth is the Lord’s, and it’s never stopped being within the Kingdom of God. However, this slim aspect of his Kingdom, which we would call the world, has been overtaken by Satan via trickery in the Garden. The Lord made a plan of redemption, along with an end game plan of attack to get it all back from the enemy.

      So the Kingdom of God won’t just show up and be observed showing up. I think Jesus was giving a direct answer to that specific question. My opinion is, that the wrong question was asked. I think what should have been asked instead of, “when the Kingdom of God shall come,” it should have been, “When shall the Kingdom of Darkness be removed?” Through Christ, the Holy Ghost opens this up inside of us, allowing to take in the Kingdom of God for what we can experience, be it spiritually, or physically.

      I wouldn’t say that someone Born Again and filled with the Holy Ghost “enters into” the Kingdom of God, but rather is opened up or re-connected to that which was severed by Adam’s fall, allowing us to benefit from all that entails, among which is the Kingdom. It comes down to free will to receive Christ or not, and most won’t.

      Jesus is coming back with power and great glory, to take back that which was stolen, and establish his reign upon the earth. Replacing the Kingdom of Darkness with the Kingdom of Jesus, ruling from the throne of David. But even still, all will reside within the boundless panorama of the Kingdom of God.

      After writing all this, I don’t even remember whether or not we’re in agreement. lol Been a long day. I’m happy to have seen your comment here though, I appreciate it! May the Lord bless you always, keep you and your family safe and uplifted, in Jesus mighty name!
      Brian

Leave a Comment