Dr. Ronnie Wolfe
Verse 22: Jesus went into Judea and baptized. In John 4:2 we read
"(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)." When he got a
reputation of baptizing more people than John, he left Judea and went
into Galilee (John 4:1-3).
Jesus had come into Judea, which is said by John Gill and others to mean the countryside outside of the city of Jerusalem.
23: John was also baptizing in a place called Aenon near to Salem.
Aenon was about half way up (north) from the Dead Sea going toward the
Sea of Galilee on the west side of the Jordan River.
baptizing in Aenon "because there was much water there," which brings
our thoughts to the idea that in order to baptize according to John's
practice one must have "much water."
This infers the practice of
immersion for baptism, which many of our Protestant friends deny. Many
Protestants not only exercise the "sacrament of baptism" upon babies,
but nowadays they only sprinkle water upon them or pour water upon their
Baptists have always been known for immersing candidates
in water for baptism, showing forth in a symbolic way the death, burial,
and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is the heart of the Gospel
Thus Baptists throughout the years have been called
Dunkers, Drowners, Dippers, and other like names. We care not for those
names, but we carry them with thanksgiving to God, who has shown us the
way and has given us the grace to hold true to that biblical practice.