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Jesus and John The Baptists

The baptism of Jesus Christ:

"Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered Him. And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:13-17 KJV)

"Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judaea; and there He tarried with them and baptized"

The purpose of the coming of John the Baptist was to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah (see The Elijah To Come). That's why Jesus recognized the purpose of His being baptized by John. The ministry of John the Baptist effectively ended when Jesus' ministry began (see John's Last Days). From that day on, the by-then well-known John the Baptist, and his disciples, yielded to the yet mostly unknown Jesus of Nazareth (the book of John from which this quote is taken was of course written by the apostle John, not John the Baptist), although John himself seems to have been the only one in his group to know that it was coming. Before they understood what was happening, John's disciples seem to have regarded Jesus as a competitor i.e. "He that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to Him." (see below).

The Jordan River

"After these things came Jesus and His disciples into the land of Judaea; and there He tarried with them, and baptized."

"And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. For John was not yet cast into prison. 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." (John 3:22-26 KJV)

John then explained to them that the coming of Jesus was the purpose of their work (most of John's disciples later became disciples of Jesus).

"John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease."

"He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:27-36 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) As stated in the verses above, both Jesus and John baptized. Were they doing something new, or what was based upon something that the people of God long knew and experienced? (b) John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of Jesus Christ. Who is Jesus Christ preparing the way for?
(a) See The Origin of Baptism; also Old Testament Baptisms and The Baptisms of Moses
(b) See The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth


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