Bible: John 1:19-51

The Testimony of John the Baptist

1:19 Now 1  this was 2  John’s 3  testimony 4  when the Jewish leaders 5  sent 6  priests and Levites from Jerusalem 7  to ask him, “Who are you? 8  1:20 He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ! 9  1:21 So they asked him, “Then who are you? 10  Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” 11  “Are you the Prophet?” 12  He answered, “No! 1:22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us 13  so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?

1:23 John 14  said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight 15  the way for the Lord,’ 16  as Isaiah the prophet said.” 1:24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 17 ) 18  1:25 So they asked John, 19 Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, 20  nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?

1:26 John answered them, 21 I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize, 22  1:27 who is coming after me. I am not worthy 23  to untie the strap 24  of his sandal! 1:28 These things happened in Bethany 25  across the Jordan River 26  where John was baptizing.

1:29 On the next day John 27  saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God 28  who takes away the sin of the world! 1:30 This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is greater than I am, 29  because he existed before me.’ 1:31 I did not recognize 30  him, but I came baptizing with water so that he could be revealed to Israel.” 31 

1:32 Then 32  John testified, 33 I saw the Spirit descending like a dove 34  from heaven, 35  and it remained on him. 36  1:33 And I did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 1:34 I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.” 37 

1:35 Again the next day John 38  was standing there 39  with two of his disciples. 1:36 Gazing at Jesus as he walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God! 40  1:37 When John’s 41  two disciples heard him say this, 42  they followed Jesus. 43  1:38 Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, “What do you want?” 44  So they said to him, “Rabbi(which is translated Teacher), 45  “where are you staying? 1:39 Jesus 46  answered, 47 Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 48 

Andrew’s Declaration

1:40 Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said 49  and followed Jesus. 50  1:41 He first 51  found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” 52  (which is translated Christ). 53  1:42 Andrew brought Simon 54  to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. 55  You will be called Cephas(which is translated Peter). 56 

The Calling of More Disciples

1:43 On the next day Jesus 57  wanted to set out for Galilee. 58  He 59  found Philip and said 60  to him, “Follow me.” 1:44 (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, 61  the town of 62  Andrew and Peter.) 1:45 Philip found Nathanael 63  and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also 64  wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 1:46 Nathanael 65  replied, 66 Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” 67  Philip replied, 68 Come and see.”

1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and exclaimed, 69 Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit! 70  1:48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, 71 Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, 72  I saw you.” 1:49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king 73  of Israel! 74  1:50 Jesus said to him, 75 Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 76  1:51 He continued, 77 I tell all of you the solemn truth 78 you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” 79 

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