Baptism and Christening

Did Jesus baptize anyone?

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2009-04-14 02:24:04

The Gospels do not say much about Jesus baptizing his followers.

The synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, & Luke) are silent about

this subject. It is the Gospel of John that mentions what little is

said about this issue, and it is inconsistent about the answer. It

would seem from John 3:22 that he did: "After these things came

Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea, and there he

tarried with them, and baptized." This is reiterated in John 3: 25

- 26: "Then there arose a question between {some} of John's

disciples and the Jews about purifying. And they came unto John,

and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to

whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all (men)

come to him. " But John 4: 1 - 3 also states that Jesus did

not baptize anyone:

"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,) He left Judaea, and

departed again into Galilee. " Scholars disagree on how to

interpret this apparent contradiction. The prevalent theory is that

Jesus baptized people at one point in his ministry, but ceased to

do so after a time. This theory is consistent with the Jewish

expectation that the Messiah would indeed baptize people, which the

Gospel of John mentions in 1:25: "And they (the Pharisees) asked

him (John), and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be

not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?" It is probable

then, to conclude that Jesus did baptize people at some point in

his ministry.

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