Baptism of Jesus

Baptism of Jesus

Did John the Baptist recognize Jesus as the Son of God?

Yes and No ...

Yes, he recognized him immediately.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
... And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.       John 1:29-34

No, he still wasn't sure when he was in prison.

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?      Matthew 11:2-3

 John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?       John 7:19

Did John the Baptist recognize Jesus as the Messiah? 


14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”      Matt 3:14-17

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”        John 1:29-34

10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.  11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”      Mark 1:10-11


18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”     Luke 7:18-20

2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”        Matt 11:2-3  ......

             .... (John apparently had forgotten the dove and the voice).

At his baptism, did God address Jesus directly?


Thou art my beloved son. Mark 1:11, Luke 3:22

No, God addressed those who witnessed his baptism.

This is my beloved son. Matthew 3:1

John the Baptist is Elijah

Jesus says he is

11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.
12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 
13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.      Matt 17:11-13

John the Baptist - Not Who Jesus Says He Is

19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 
20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”
21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”  He said, “I am not.”  “Are you the Prophet?”   He answered, “No.”            John 1:19-21

Herod believed John had risen from the dead ?


16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!”     Mark 6:16

NO ..... Herod did not believe this 

7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead,      Luke 9:7

Who was the greatest prophet?


And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.      Deuteronomy 34:10

John the Baptist

Jesus said that John the Baptist was the greatest person who was ever "born of women."

 Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist.       Matthew 11:11

 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.       Luke 7:28


Wasn't Jesus born of a woman ... the Holy Blessed virgin Mary (Mother of God)???

Where did John baptize?

In the Jordan River

And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.       Matthew 3:4-6

 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.       Mark 1:9

In Bethabara, beyond the Jordan

These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.       John 1:28


Were the Pharisees baptized by John?


When he saw many of the Pharisees ... come to his baptism he said unto them ... Ye generation of vipers ... I [John the Baptist] indeed baptize you with water....       Matthew 3:7-11


And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.       Luke 7:29-30

Was John the Baptist Elijah?


Jesus said the John that Baptist was Elijah (Elias).

For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.      Matthew 11:13-14

But I say unto you, That Elias is come already.... then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.       Matthew 17:12-13

But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.       Mark 9:13


John that Baptist said that he was not Elijah.

this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? ... And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias [Elijah]? And he saith, I am not.       John 1:19-21

Baptism of Jesus

Did Herod think Jesus was John the Baptist?


Herod thought that Jesus was John the Baptist reincarnated.

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.      Matthew 14:1-2

But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.      Mark 6:16


People were saying that Jesus was John the Baptist who had risen from the dead, or Elijah (Elias), or one of the other prophets. But Herod didn't believe Jesus was John the Baptist, saying, "John I have beheaded: but who is this?"

Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him [Jesus]: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.       Luke 9:9

Did Jesus baptize anyone?


Jesus baptized people in Judea.

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

He baptized people with fire and the Holy Ghost.

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.        Matthew 3:11

John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.        Luke 3:16

No, Jesus didn't baptize anyone.

Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples.       John 4:2

 In whose name is baptism to be performed?

The Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.      Matthew 28:19


Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ. Acts 2:38

They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.     Acts 8:16

And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.      Acts 10:48

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.     Acts 19:5

What did Jesus do after his baptism?


He went immediately into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for 40 days.

And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan.      Mark 1:12-13

He called his disciples and attended the wedding at Cana.

Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples. ... The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. ... And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee.       John 1:35, 43 , 2:1