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Are you sure that Jesus did not baptize?

Submitted: 1/28/2008
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Question: Ok, you say that Jesus did NOT baptize, but in John 3 and into John 4 it says that Jesus baptized ONLY his disciples. Also, John was asked why was Jesus baptizing and it was not with the Holy Ghost when it was spoken of him doing so (John 3:26). Also, who baptized the 120 before the upper room? For to baptize one has to already be baptized and have that authority. Also, remember the one who is the owner of the vineyard has first taste (drink).

Answer: John 3:22 and 25-26 says, 'After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized... 25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, 'Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified -- behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!'

This passage seems to be saying that Jesus was doing the baptizing Himself, and perhaps He was. But the Bible does not give a specific instance of Him baptizing anyone. The problem is, if we read on, John 4:1-2 says, 'Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples).... This final statement is somewhat ambiguous. Is it saying that the only ones Jesus baptized were His discples? Or is it saying that only the disciples actually baptized people, presumably under Jesus' authority.

This is all we can say about Jesus in connection with water baptism. The Bible does not tell us who baptized the one-hundred twenty.