It is true, you should have a healthy pride about your baptism, it’s an amazing event to be celebrated. That is a pride in the fact that you took this amazing step of obedience. But the pride I am referring too would not be healthy. A pride of where you did your baptism or who baptized you. I see this on small levels all the time, but Jesus was aware of the potential for a major pride issue in His time. So He made sure that pride would never exist.
“Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee.” (John 4:1-3) John makes it clear that Jesus did not do the actual baptism, only His disciples did. Imagine the pride people would have if they could say that Jesus Himself did their baptism. Jesus and His disciples spoke and preached. Jesus and His disciples did miracles and healed. Jesus and His disciples cast out spirits. But Jesus only had His disciples do the baptisms, not Himself. It stands to reason that there is significant meaning behind this clarification statement, ‘although Jesus did not baptize, but only His disciples’.
There’s another fact that is interesting from this clarifying statement. It does not say only His Apostles did, or only the Overseers did, or only the Preachers did… it says only His disciples did. This actually serves as another side note to support the fact that the Great Commission was directed to ‘all disciples’ and not just the Apostles or the Preachers. In this statement from John, it is clear that all disciples can baptize. Then in the Great Commission it says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We are called to make disciples and baptize them. In order for this to happen in ‘all nations’, it must mean that as people become disciples, they are then called to repeat these steps. Make more disciples and baptize them. Every single one of His disciples is called to Know Christ first, then to Follow His example and teaching, then to Grow in a relationship with Him and finally to Go and repeat these steps with more disciples.
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