3.3 John Witnessed to Jesus' Messiahship
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Jan 22 3.3 When Jewish priests and Levites delegation from Jerusalem asked John who he was, he confessed, “I’m not the Messiah.” “Are you Elijah?” they asked.
“No,” he replied. “Are you the prophet?” “No,” he answered. “Who then are you? We must inform those who sent us. Tell us about yourself,” they continued.
He replied, “I’m just a voice crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare for the Lord’s coming,’ as prophet Isaiah said.” Then those sent by the Pharisees asked, “If you aren’t the Messiah, Elijah or the prophet, why do you baptize?”
Jan 23 John said, “I baptize with water, but One stands unknown among you. He is the coming One,”1 whose sandals I’m unfit to loosen.”
This happened in Bethany beyond Jordan where John was baptizing.
The next day John saw Jesus approaching and said, “See, God’s Lamb2 who takes away the world’s sin! I meant him when I said, ‘One greater than I is coming, who existed before me.’ I didn’t know him, but I came baptizing with water to reveal him to Israel.” John witnessed, “I saw3 the Spirit descend from heaven as a dove and rest on him. I didn’t know him, but the One who sent me to baptize said, ‘The One on whom the Spirit descends and remains is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ This I saw and I testify that he is the Son of God.”