Why Didn’t Jesus Baptize?
Contrary to popular assumption, Yeshua (Jesus) baptized no one with water.
However, it’s difficult to see this fact if you take just one verse and don’t consider the context.
During this month in history, Yeshua left Jerusalem after the Feast of Unleavened Bread (the feast that follows the Passover day) but stayed in the surrounding area of Judea.
John the apostle records what happened during this time, detailing a narrative by Yochanan ben Zecharyah (incorrectly nicknamed John the Baptist) in John 3:22-36 (event 44 in The Chronological Gospels).
The passage is prefaced by the words of John the apostle who records, “Yeshua and his disciples left Jerusalem but stayed in the region of Judea and mikveh-ed (baptized) there.”
From this statement alone, one could assume that Yeshua was baptizing people along with his disciples; but that doesn’t line up with prophecy.
This is why context is so important.
We have to be careful to consider other parts of Scripture when attempting to understand a passage that is unclear. The answer to this apparent contradiction is not hard to find, however — it’s right in the next chapter.
John 4:1-2 clearly states that Yeshua did not mikveh (baptize) with water but that his disciples did.
Why does it matter?
It matters because this one event helps us to understand that Yeshua is the key to greater, heavenly realities of the “shadow pictures” we practice on earth.
For example, the reason that Yeshua didn’t baptize is the same reason he didn’t marry — these are physical-realm, earthly practices that are a “shadow” of the greater, eternal realities that only he can fulfill.
In other words, though his followers may have been expecting him baptize and marry like other rabbis, and even be Israel’s king, he purposely left the “earthly” work to his earthbound disciples to draw attention to the fact that only he could fulfill their greater, eternal meanings.
He didn’t baptize with water because his job was to baptize with fire (i.e. the Holy Spirit).
He didn’t marry a physical bride because his destiny is to marry a spiritual bride (i.e. his “church”).
And he refused to be crowned an earthly king (John 6:15) because he was to become the King of kings and the High Priest forever (Hebrews 6:20).
Put simply, Yeshua is the mediator between the physical and the spiritual, “between God and mankind” (1 Timothy 2:5).
He is the one that unlocks the meaning behind earthly practices to reveal the true, spiritual realities.