Jesus Baptized:
John 3:
22-36
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Jesus Baptized

(John 3:22-36) 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 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.  (KJV)

(John 3:22-36) After these things came Jesus and his
disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried
with them, and baptized.

After Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, He and His disciples
went into Judea, the area around Jerusalem. There He
baptized.

There is nothing spectacular about the statement other
than the number of people who are unfamiliar with the
fact that Jesus baptized anyone. From this matter of fact
statement, we can assume that Jesus baptized
individuals from the very beginning of His ministry.

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.

John was teaching and baptizing at a location about
fifty-three miles northeast of Jerusalem.

 Near to Salim, because there was much water there. If
one starts at Sychar, at the foot of Mount Ebal, and
follows the Damascus road northward for seven miles,
he comes upon the valley called Wady Farah. In this
beautiful wady the stream flows eastward, having Salim
three miles to its south and 'Ainun four miles to its
north. For the most part the valley is narrow, and
hemmed in by rocky cliffs. But if one follows the course
seven miles eastward from the Damascus road, he
comes upon a beautiful valley, about one mile wide and
three miles broad--a place every way suitable for the
gathering of multitudes to hear the preaching of John. A
perennial stream, with copious springs all along its
course, furnishes, even in the longest, driest summers,
the "much water" required for baptism.

        The Fourfold Gospel

The fact that John baptized where there was much
water is partly an indication of what was involved in the
act of baptism. Immersion, which was the means of
baptism in the New Testament, required “much water.”
This was before John was thrown in prison by Herod.
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.
When news of Jesus baptizing came to the area John
was baptizing, the Jews and John’s disciples were
questioning each other about purification.
(Mark 1:4) John did baptize in the wilderness, and
preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of
sins.  (KJV)

John’s baptism was connected with purification. But,
from the questioning it seems that the effectiveness of
the baptism was connected with the one who was doing
the baptizing, at least in the eyes of his disciples.

They asked John about this One, whom he bore witness
to, Who was now baptizing in Judea, and all men come
to him.

John answers their question about purification, and
Jesus baptizing.

A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from
heaven. John’s authority came from heaven. He received
what he was given, nothing more, nothing less. He was
not the Christ. They heard his confession. They knew
his statement. As the bride belongs to the bridegroom
and the friend rejoices, so Jesus receives the glory that
belongs to Him and to Him alone as the Lamb of God,
the Son of God. John is not disappointed in this, but
rejoices in the glory, honor and power of his cousin,
Jesus.

He must increase, but I must decrease. As the harbinger
of the Christ, that is the way it should be. God has sent
Him. He is preaching the words of God. It is God’s
message.

Jesus has come from heaven. John and all the prophets
came from the earth. They were limited in what they
knew. Jesus was unlimited in what He knew. Having
seen the Father, having seen all things Himself, He did
not need anyone to tell Him what to say.

(John 1:1-5) In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same
was in the beginning with God. All things were made by
him; and without him was not any thing made that was
made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not.  (KJV)

(John 1:9-13) That was the true Light, which lighteth
every man that cometh into the world. He was in the
world, and the world was made by him, and the world
knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own
received him not. But as many as received him, to them
gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them
that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of
blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man,
but of God.  (KJV)

To accept the words of Jesus was to admit that God was
true, because He spoke the words of God.

For he giveth not the Spirit by measure. To give
anything by measure indicates a partial, scanty
bestowal (Eze 4:16). The Spirit of God, even in inspired
prophets, was but a partial and intermittent gift (1Co 7:
25; 13:9; 1Pe 1:11; Heb 1:1), but in Jesus, the Son of
God, the Spirit of God dwelt fully and uninterruptedly
(Col 1:19). The present tense, "giveth," points to a
continuous communication of the Spirit. If Christ had
received the Spirit "by measure," then his gift of the
Spirit might be exhausted.
        The Fourfold Gospel

(Matthew 3:16-17) 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.  (KJV)

There was no question but that the Father loved the
Son. This is repeated again on the Mount of
Transfiguration:

(Matthew 17:1-7) And after six days Jesus taketh Peter,
James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into
an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before
them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment
was white as the light.

And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias
talking with him.

Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is
good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here
three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and
one for Elias.

While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud
overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the
cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am
well pleased; hear ye him.

And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face,
and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched
them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.  (KJV)


Thus it is to Jesus that God has delivered all truth.


(Matthew 11:27-30) All things are delivered unto me of
my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the
Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the
Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and
learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye
shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and
my burden is light.  (KJV)


(Luke 10:22) All things are delivered to me of my Father:
and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father;
and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the
Son will reveal him.  (KJV)


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.  Faith in Jesus is the
difference between life and condemnation. Faith is more
than mental acknowledgement. It is believing His words
to be true, and willing to follow after them.


(Matthew 28:19-20) Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the
world. Amen.  (KJV)


(Mark 16:15-16) And he said unto them, Go ye into all
the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He
that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that
believeth not shall be damned.  (KJV)


Joh 4:2; Joh 3:1Sa 9:4; Mt 3:5-6; Mt 14:3; Joh 1:
7,15,27,34; Joh 3:1Co 4:7; Heb 5:4; Jas 1:17; Mal 3:1;
Mr 1:2; Lu 1:17; Joh 1:20,27; Song 5:1; Mt 22:2; 2Co 11:
2; Eph 5:25,27; Re 21:9; Mt 28:18; Joh 1:15,27; 3:13; 6:
33; 8:23; Ro 9:5; 1Co 15:47; Eph 1:21; Php 2:9; Joh 3:
11; 8:26; 15:15; Ro 3:4; 1Jo 5:10; Joh 1:16; 7:16; Mt 11:
27; 28:18; Lu 10:22; Joh 5:20,22; 13:3; 17:2; Heb 2:8;
Hab 2:4; Joh 1:12; 3:15-16; 6:47; Ro 1:17; 1Jo 5:10