Chapter 19 is "Jesus Coming of Age" and "Join the Adventure!" Chapter 19 is about Baptism and Jesus' predecessor John. Chapter 20 is about Jesus' time in the wilderness turning down three evil sins (temptations) of the world (attempting to control God and pursue selfish ambitions). Instead Jesus chooses to be baptized into a world-view that attempts to change the world by changing one heart and world-view at a time. This is a lifestyle of transforming habits - habits that transform relationships, intentions, economics, politics, rituals and religions. The time in the wilderness ties Jesus' baptism to very specific actions that he will also have to decline. He cannot pursue every desire by his own power. He cannot gain the world at any expense. He will not test the God he is supposed to fear.
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