The scene shifts in this chapter from Jesus’s lineage, birth, and upbringing to the start of His ministry as a thirty-year-old man. Matthew introduces us to the strange figure of John the Baptizer (Jesus’s cousin) before describing the political opposition Jesus will encounter throughout His ministry as the Messiah. Sadly, these antagonists include the Pharisees, the religious heroes of Israel; and the Sadducees, the priestly elites. Chapter 3 culminates with John baptizing his cousin. As He rises from the waters, Jesus receives a very public seal of approval from the Father God and Holy Spirit.