February 14, 2016 // Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist was the signal that His ministry had officially begun. We forget that Jesus' and John the Baptist were cousins, and remember from the Christmas story their first meeting in the womb. Jesus was driven into the wilderness and tempted, just like the preparation process that God used for the Jews before they could enter the Holy Land. Then, John the Baptist was arrested and later killed. This was a powerful beginning that put evil on the run! Mark 1:9-15.