Keep to the facts, especially when arguing.

Keep to the facts, especially when arguing.

John 3: 22-26

“After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”

The week begins again.

It will be filled, for some, with the same things as last week, arguments.

Certain people seem to be in a constant argument about something or another.

Here was one of those certain people. A certain Jew who managed to get John’s disciples all worked up about something they held to very dear.

It was regarding ceremonial washing which is what John’s baptism fell into the category of. The Jews all understood this baptism as it seemed like everything and everyone was performing a ceremonial washing each day. John’s baptism was a cleansing and preparing baptism.

It is obvious that this certain Jew told John’s disciples that there was another baptism ceremony taking place where the crowds were bigger than theirs. It is hard to be second when you were once first.

In this heated conversation suddenly we are introduced to something we have never seen before, ‘Jesus is baptising’.

And yet, he didn’t baptise. “… (although his disciples, not Jesus, did the actual baptising).” 4:1

In the heat of the argument details became exaggerated. Jesus was clearly instructing his disciples to baptise but he himself wasn’t doing the baptism. People use this to say ‘Look the Bible contradicts itself.’ It doesn’t, it is just that a certain Jew stirred up the disciples of John to get their facts wrong.

Details are important and so for those certain people today who lose their heads here’s a piece of advice, keep hold of the facts. Of course there’s also another piece of advice regarding not losing it in the first place.

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