John the Baptist had already made it known. The Kingdom of God was coming. The time to change your thinking (repent) and your lifestyle was here. And, God was moving; people were leaving the cities to travel to the wilderness, to the Jordan to be baptized by John in anticipation of what God was doing.
Then, one day a new person comes on the scene. Jesus. He's preaching the same message, but different. He was the Kingdom. In Him, the Kingdom was present. Jesus is baptized by John and the skies are ripped open (literal interpretation to fulfill the previous cry that God would again rend the Heavens). The Holy Spirit comes upon Jesus and He is baptized in the Spirit and He begins His public ministry.
It was His central message. The Kingdom of God is here! Everywhere he went he preached and demonstrated the rule of God on earth. It was the Kingdom, and, the Kingdom changes everything.
For the next season at The Refuge we'll be looking at the Kingdom, what it is and what difference in makes in the world today.