Jesus talks to Nicodemus in John 3 about the new birth and says "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again" and "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit." Jesus is talking to Nicodemus all the way from verse 1 to verse 21, then in verse 22 there is a change and it says "After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized." --After telling Nicodemus that a man must be born of water and of the Spirit in order to enter the kingdom, Jesus went out and started a ministry of baptism which was to replace John's ministry for John says "he must increase and I must decrease." (v 30) Is this a coincidence? I don't believe it is. What do you think?