“Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.” (John 1:24-28).
The Jewish leaders were puzzled why John the baptist would baptize with water since he was not the Messiah. To paraphrase his answer: “it’s only water. Anyone can do that!”
Likewise, today, we need to be careful not to over emphasize the importance of those who baptize us physically. There are many Christians who are qualified to baptize, but none of them have any power to change you. The change is internal, and it is done by God. It is not done by the physical contact of water on the skin.
“and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand —with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.” (I Peter 3:21-22 NIV)