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Where in the Bible does it say Jesus baptized?

Full Question

When I tell my non-Catholic friends that baptism is necessary for salvation (John 3:5), they usually bring up the fact that there’s nothing in the Bible indicating Jesus baptized anyone. How do I respond?


St. Augustine refers to John 19:34, where Christ’s side is pierced by the soldier’s sword and water and blood flowed out:

Here was opened wide the door of life, from which the sacraments of the Church have flowed out, without which there is no entering in unto life which is true life . . . Here the second Adam with bowed head slept upon the cross, that thence a wife might be formed of him, flowing from his side while he slept. O death, by which the dead come back to life! is there anything purer than this blood, any wound more healing!" (On the Gospel of John 120:2)

“. . . The blood and water that flowed from the pierced side of the crucified Jesus are types of baptism and the Eucharist, the sacraments of new life. From then on, it is possible ‘to be born of water and the Spirit’ in order to enter the Kingdom of God” (CCC 1225).



  1. Bocephus Reply

    Shouldn’t this article also point out that, whether or not Jesus actually baptized anyone Himself, He most certainly ordered the apostles to do so?

    “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.’" — Mt. 28:18-20

  2. Somwan Reply

    Mark 1:9-11

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