What did Jesus do after encountering John the Baptist?

Mark 1:7-13; John 1:27-40

After His baptism, Jesus spent some time with the disciples and then went into the desert. John the Apostle's account of the baptism of Jesus is not a focus on chronological events. Instead, it is focusing on the ministerial aspect of Christ's mission. John focuses on the issue of baptism and the commission of Christ and the blessing of the Father. Mark simply states that Jesus went into the wilderness after His baptism. Each account is about the same thing, but each addresses the issue in a very different manner and extracts different information from the events. Mark is succinct and mentions events several more events than John. There is no contradiction because there is no conflict in what is said.

For more information see the Chronology of Jesus' Baptism and Temptation.

Mark 1:7-13 John 1:27-40

7 And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals.

8 “I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

27“It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”

28 These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


29 The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

30 “This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’

31 “And I did not recognize Him, but in order that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.”

9 And it came about in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

32 And John bore witness saying, “I have beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.

33 “And I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’

34 “And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

35 Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples,

36 and he looked upon Jesus as He walked, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

10 And immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him;

11 and a voice came out of the heavens: “Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased.”


12 And immediately the Spirit *impelled Him to go out into the wilderness.

13 And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.

38 And Jesus turned, and beheld them following, and *said to them, “What do you seek?” And they said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?”

39 He *said to them, “Come, and you will see.” They came therefore and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.

40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.


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Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.