Here is Yochanan's testimony: when the Judeans sent cohanim and L'vi'im from Yerushalayim to ask him, "Who are you?"
he was very straightforward and stated clearly, "I am not the Messiah."
"Then who are you?" they asked him. "Are you Eliyahu?" "No, I am not," he said. "Are you `the prophet,' the one we're expecting?" "No," he replied.
So they said to him, "Who are you? -- so that we can give an answer to the people who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?"
He answered in the words of Yesha`yahu the prophet, "I am The voice of someone crying out: `In the desert make the way of ADONAI straight!'"
Some of those who had been sent were P'rushim.
They asked him, "If you are neither the Messiah nor Eliyahu nor `the prophet,' then why are you immersing people?"
To them Yochanan replied, "I am immersing people in water, but among you is standing someone whom you don't know.
He is the one coming after me -- I'm not good enough even to untie his sandal!"
All this took place in Beit-Anyah, east of the Yarden, where Yochanan was immersing.
The next day, Yochanan saw Yeshua coming toward him and said, "Look! God's lamb! The one who is taking away the sin of the world!
This is the man I was talking about when I said, `After me is coming someone who has come to rank above me, because he existed before me.'
I myself did not know who he was, but the reason I came immersing with water was so that he might be made known to Isra'el."
Then Yochanan gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove, and remaining on him.
I myself did not know who he was, but the one who sent me to immerse in water said to me, `The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining, this is the one who immerses in the Ruach HaKodesh.'
And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God."
The next day, Yochanan was again standing with two of his talmidim.
On seeing Yeshua walking by, he said, "Look! God's lamb!"