Repent … baptized … confessing their sins.John’s ministry was unique in Israel, in that he called on Jews to repent and be baptized. These were the same requirements formerly used to bring proselyte Gentiles into Judaism. John was declaring that Jews were no better than Gentiles before God. They needed to repent—that is, change their mind about their standing before God—and confess that they, like the Gentiles, were sinners. Most Jews believed that their lineage from Abraham saved them (Matthew 3:9).