There’s a reason that flood stories are so universal: we fear wiping ourselves out through our own violence. We need to learn to read the flood story through the eyes of the God revealed in the rainbow promise.
The story of Jesus, at least the way John tells it, begins unspectacularly. “There was a man sent by God, and his name was John.” What does John do for a living? He is a preacher. We can’t get to Jesus without going through a witness, no epiphany without preaching.