It's hard to recognize a change of history when you're too close. John and Jesus both proclaimed the coming of God's kingdom. Jesus supported John, was baptized by John. They were both part of the same story but in different roles, at different moments. John was the first true prophet since the prophets of scripture, also the last, the greatest. But something new was breaking in, with new shape and power, John was the great climax of the old. But now the new. But what of someone who by his own identity and by actions mysterious to us (cross and resurrection) enacts a new era of the world, to be unfolded in the lives of his followers? What of someone who calls for incredible perfection of life, but who has immense grace and welcome for all the sinful and broken people around him? What of a king with no possessions, no army, no distinctly political agenda? Jesus challenged his own disciples even till today.