Jesus’ baptism was seen to be the event which inaugurated his ministry. In accepting baptism from John, Jesus accepted also the will of God for all men unto himself, and he was declared to be God’s “Beloved Son,” upon whom God’s favor rested. Through the evangelist John we get another look at Jesus in connection with his baptism. John does not give an account of the baptism itself, but gives instead a testimony of the Baptism concerning Jesus. He is the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” He is the one upon whom the Holy Spirit has descended and “remained.” He is the one who bestows the Spirit. He is “the Son of God.” This attaches to Jesus the role of the suffering servant described in Isiah 53:7. There the servant of the Lord is portrayed as “a lamb that is led to the slaughter,” and it is said (53:12) that “he bore the sin of many.” What was said about this servfant by Isiah was, to the early Christians, fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He is the Lamb of God who, in the words of John, “takes away the sin of the world.” The “Lamb of God” is the divinely appointed servant of God commissioned to bring salvation “to the end of the earth.” Having described Jesus as the Lamb of God, John the Baptist goes on to assert the primacy of Jesus’ role over his own. The Spirit descended upon Jesus at his baptism and remained upon him. Jesus was thereby equipped to set forth upon his ministry, and the Spirit remained with him throughout its course. As the one who “baptizes with the Holy Spirit,” Jesus was the one who gave the Spirit to his followers. The Holy Spirit cannot, therefore, be thought of apart from Jesus himself.