Hey I have a quick question for you bible junkies…did Jesus ever baptize anyone? I know in chapter 3 of John it says…
They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”
However, this chapter starts out with…
The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, 2although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.
I wonder if the people in John 3 were simply saying that Jesus posse was baptizing people and perhaps not Jesus himself. Is there any significance to this? Does verse 2 have any meaning here? Did Jesus purposefully not do the baptizing for some reason? Was he simply trying to show that we need to pass on responsibilities to the next generation? “It was not Jesus who baptized.” When you read that statement alone…you realize there could be some finality to it….that perhaps Jesus never baptized anyone himself.
I’ve been thinking about it, and if I had to guess, I would speculate that the writer (John) had a purpose here. I would guess that in his day, there may have been some preachers going around the different towns and claiming a certain authority based on the fact that they, or their relatives or mentor, were baptized by Jesus himself. Perhaps people would believe this and follow their message more willingly based on this, thinking they were more blessed having be touched by the Master. If this were the case, perhaps John wanted to point out that Jesus never baptized anyone so these claims were bogus. Anyway, it makes for interesting discussion doesn’t it?
There’s another interesting passage here…
19“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
-John 4:19 – 24
This stuck out to me today…people used to have to go to the temple to worship, but now they don’t. However, I always thought that was because the veil had been torn and we had direct access now to the Father. Perhaps it does mean that, but Jesus said the time had come in this passage and at that time the veil hadn’t been torn. I wonder if he simply meant “the time is very near” or if the purpose of the temple had been truly done away with by then. If anyone else has any thoughts on this, please let me know in the comments below!