John then continues the same message of “repent” and adds that the Kingdom is near (Matt. 3:1-2). John is the forerunner of Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus is born (Luke 2:10-11) and continues the same message of John: repent; the kingdom is near (Mark 1:14-15). At His baptism (Matt. 3:15) Jesus was recognized by God as His Son saying, “You are My Son, whom I love” (Mark 1:11). This confirmed that Jesus was the appointed theocratic administrator and the Messiah.
Jesus eventually explains the requirements of the Kingdom in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7), rejecting Pharisaic righteousness as the requirements. Instead, he offered Israel his righteousness, received by faith. Jesus even validated himself as the Messiah by performing miracles (Matt. 9:35). The Jewish leaders responded by saying He came from hell and got His power from Satan (Matt. 12:24). This is considered the point at which the Kingdom offer was rejected and withdrawn. The Kingdom was postponed, and Israel would receive judgment instead.
Tracing God’s Kingdom Program and Covenants. Part 11: Christ