John [the] Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (NAB) Mark 1:4
It's hard to believe that after all these years the people who lived in John the Baptist's time needed repentance. One would think that they lived honest, hard working lives. But then again they didn't have Jesus to show them the way until after John the Baptists appearance. They had the laws, strict as they are, they still needed guidance. Now 2000 years later you would think that since John the Baptist proclaimed repentance of sins, and Jesus dying for those sins we would basically be living a better Faith filled life. Considering in our modern world we have far more to give us faith, but we also have far more to take that faith away. We have television, they did not, we have electronics, they did not, we have air conditioning, heat, electricity, many, many things they did not. Why did they need John the Baptist for repentance of sins? After all weren't their lives far more simpler than ours is. Is it just possible John the Baptist was sent to proclaim repentance for us 2000 years later. He proclaimed not only repentance of sins but also the coming of our Lord. We are the one's who are in desperate need of reconciliation, after all aren't we the one's who are eliminating God in our lives. We are the Herod Antipas of our modern world.