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What Does the Bible Say About...Whether Jesus Baptized?

In the article "Why Did He Move?", the statement is made that "we know that Jesus did baptize while John was still free". According to John 4:1-2 KJV: When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples.)


Thank you for carefully reading the articles. And thank you for calling these things to my attention. I do make mistakes sometimes, and sometimes I say things in a way that is not the best.

We do know that Jesus did baptize. John 3:22 says “And there he [Jesus] tarried with them, and baptized." Chapter 4 does continue the story with the statement you quote. However, even that verse says that it was Jesus doing the baptizing, even if it was through them. That is, it was by his authority and desire. It is not uncommon for someone to get the credit as if he actually did the deed, and it is proper. A number of the artists of the Italian Renaissance are credited with paintings when much of the work was done by students. For that matter, many medical researchers get the credit for discoveries when most of the work was actually done by students. That doesn’t take away from the fact that it is their work. Neither does it take away from Jesus that the baptizing was actually done by his students. As John correctly states it, “Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John.” Even if the witness to the immersion was one of his disciples, he is the one who is credited with baptizing.

On a side note to that point, when it says that someone baptized another there may not have even been physical contact. With the Jews there most likely was no physical contact, because a hand on a body would prevent complete immersion; part of the body was covered. Most likely, the one who did the baptizing was merely a witness to the fact that the “baptizee” was completely immersed.