“He will baptize you
With the Holy Spirit
αὐτὸς ὑμᾶς βαπτίσει ἐν Πνεύματι Ἁγίῳ καὶ πυρί
This is similar to Matthew, chapter 3:11, Mark, chapter 1:8, and John, chapter 1:33. Luke indicated that John said that this mightier one to come was going to baptize them with the Holy Spirit (αὐτὸς ὑμᾶς βαπτίσει ἐν Πνεύματι Ἁγίῳ) and fire (καὶ πυρί). Matthew and Luke, mentioned fire with the Holy Spirit, but Mark did not. The role of the Holy Spirit seemed important because he was going to use purifying fire in the baptismal washing. There was a clear difference between the baptism of John with water for repentance and that of the later Christians with or in the Holy Spirit. Perhaps there was some doubt among the early followers of Jesus about the role of baptism.
Would have prevented Jesus.
‘I need to be baptized
Do you come to me?’”
ὁ δὲ διεκώλυεν αὐτὸν λέγων Ἐγὼ χρείαν ἔχω ὑπὸ σοῦ βαπτισθῆναι, καὶ σὺ ἔρχῃ πρός με;
However, John the Baptist was reluctant to baptize Jesus. Here in Matthew, John immediately recognized Jesus. He then questioned his own worthiness to baptize Jesus. He thought that it should be the other way around since he recognized the superiority of Jesus. In fact, John tried to prevent Jesus from getting baptized by him (ὁ δὲ διεκώλυεν αὐτὸν). John said that he needed to be baptized by Jesus (λέγων Ἐγὼ χρείαν ἔχω ὑπὸ σοῦ βαπτισθῆναι). He wanted to know why Jesus was coming to him (καὶ σὺ ἔρχῃ πρός με). This is a question that many Christian followers ask. Why did Jesus have to be baptized since he had no sins? Was John not correct? Jesus should have baptized John, not the other way around.
Came from Galilee
At the Jordan River,
To be baptized by him.”
Τότε παραγίνεται ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἀπὸ τῆς Γαλιλαίας ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰορδάνην πρὸς τὸν Ἰωάνην τοῦ βαπτισθῆναι ὑπ’ αὐτοῦ.
One concrete event, John the Baptist baptizing Jesus at the Jordan River, stands at the beginning of the public life of Jesus in all four of the canonical gospel accounts of Mark, chapter 1:9, Matthew, chapter 3:13, Luke, chapter 3:21, and John, chapter 1:34. Even many of the historical Jesus skeptics consider the fact that John the Baptist baptized Jesus to be a real historical episode. Jesus now appeared (Τότε παραγίνεται ὁ Ἰησοῦς) on the scene for the first time. He came from Galilee (ἀπὸ τῆς Γαλιλαίας), where Matthew left him as a young child with his father Joseph. Jesus came with a purpose, to see John the Baptist (πρὸς τὸν Ἰωάνην) at the Jordan River (ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰορδάνην). He wanted John the Baptist to baptize him (τοῦ βαπτισθῆναι ὑπ’ αὐτοῦ). John did not seek out Jesus, Jesus came to him.
“I baptize you
Who is more powerful
Is coming after me.
I am not worthy
To carry his sandals.
He will baptize you
With the Holy Spirit,
And with fire.”
ἐγὼ μὲν ὑμᾶς βαπτίζω ἐν ὕδατι εἰς μετάνοιαν· ὁ δὲ ὀπίσω μου ἐρχόμενος ἰσχυρότερός μού ἐστιν, οὗ οὐκ εἰμὶ ἱκανὸς τὰ ὑποδήματα βαστάσαι· αὐτὸς ὑμᾶς βαπτίσει ἐν Πνεύματι Ἁγίῳ καὶ πυρί·
The wording here is the same as in Mark, chapter 1:7-8 and Luke, chapter 3:16-17, indicating a common source. However, in Luke, John the Baptist was responding to questions about whether he was the Messiah. Instead, John said that he was anticipating a messianic figure greater than himself. He was the precursor or forerunner of Jesus, so that sometimes he was also identified with the prophet Elijah. John the Baptist was clear in this utterance (ἐγὼ μὲν). He baptized in water for repentance (βαπτίζω ἐν ὕδατι εἰς μετάνοιαν). However, after him (ὁ δὲ ὀπίσω μου), there would be a messianic one more powerful than him (ἐρχόμενος ἰσχυρότερός μού ἐστιν,). He felt that he was not fit or worthy to carry his sandals (οὗ οὐκ εἰμὶ ἱκανὸς τὰ ὑποδήματα βαστάσαι). This one to come was going to baptize them (αὐτὸς ὑμᾶς βαπτίσει) in the Holy Spirit (ἐν Πνεύματι Ἁγίῳ) and fire (καὶ πυρί). Mark, chapter 1:8, also said that the one to come would baptize with the Holy Spirit, did not mention any fire. This is the second mention of the Holy Spirit in Matthew since he was also the originator of Jesus in the womb of Mary. Now he was going to use purifying fire in the baptismal washing.