9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
It’s interesting that the Gospel of Mark is all about What Comes After. After the Advent of that birth in Bethlehem had faded into years of reality. After that baby has become a grown-up Jesus. After the baptism. After the “voice from heaven” confirms him. After he endures the power of the wilderness. After “the time has come” to proclaim the “good news of God.” What Comes After is a new beginning. After Christmas.