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John 3:22

ESV After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing.
NIV After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.
NASB After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea; and there He was spending time with them and baptizing.
CSB After this, Jesus and his disciples went to the Judean countryside, where he spent time with them and baptized.
NLT Then Jesus and his disciples left Jerusalem and went into the Judean countryside. Jesus spent some time with them there, baptizing people.
KJV After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

What does John 3:22 mean?

According to this verse, Jesus spent time with the disciples. This is one of the more important aspects of being a Christian: time with God. The Bible gives believers many promises of knowledge, wisdom, and strength. Yet, these are in the context of a person who has spent considerable time communicating with Christ. Simply becoming a Christian doesn't automatically make a person spiritually strong. The disciples were able to transform the world because they were deeply, intimately connected to Jesus.

John 4:2 clarifies that Jesus was not personally baptizing, but He was overseeing baptisms by His disciples. According to verse 22, He was "baptizing" in the sense that He was the one in charge of the operation. This is similar to how a general is said to "win" a battle, even if he never fired a shot himself.

Eventually, John the Baptist will be arrested and executed. Until then, the region around Jerusalem is home to the ministries of both Jesus and John the Baptist! The fact that these men are preaching in the "countryside" is interesting. Jesus went looking for workers, not priests, when He called the disciples (John 1:43). Here, rather than preaching in the urban areas, He and the Baptist are calling out to the common, everyday people.
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