Now there were six water pots of stone set there after the Jews’ way of purifying, containing two or three metretes apiece.
I indeed baptize you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 3 21
This is a symbol of baptism, which now saves you— not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
of the teaching of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify to the cleanness of the flesh,how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without defect to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
being only( with meats and drinks and various washings) fleshly ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation.
Now when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled, that is unwashed, hands, they found fault.( For the Pharisees and all the Jews don’t eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.They don’t eat when they come from the marketplace unless they bathe themselves, and there are many other things, which they have received to hold to: washings of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and couches.)The Pharisees and the scribes asked him,“ Why don’t your disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with unwashed hands?”
It was necessary therefore that the copies of the things in the heavens should be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
“ For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men— the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things.”