This is John's testimony when the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, "Who are you?"
He did not refuse to answer, but he declared: "I am not the Messiah."
"What then?" they asked him. "Are you Elijah?" "I am not," he said. "Are you the Prophet?"a "No," he answered.
"Who are you, then?" they asked. "We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?"
He said, "I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord b-just as Isaiah the prophet said."
Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.
So they asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you aren't the Messiah, or Elijah,c or the Prophet?"d26
"I baptize withe water," John answered them. "Someone stands among you, but you don't know [Him].
He is the One coming after me,f whose sandal strap I'm not worthy to untie."
All this happened in Bethanyg across the Jordan,h where John was baptizing.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
This is the One I told you about: 'After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me.'
I didn't know Him, but I came baptizing withi water so He might be revealed to Israel."
And John testified, "I watched the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He rested on Him.
I didn't know Him, but Hej who sent me to baptize withk water told me, 'The One you see the Spirit descending and resting on-He is the One who baptizes withl the Holy Spirit.'
I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God!"m35
Again the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples.
When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look! The Lamb of God!"
The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus.
When Jesus turned and noticed them following Him, He asked them, "What are you looking for?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are You staying?"
"Come and you'll see," He replied. So they went and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. It was about 10 in the morning.n40
Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Him.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah!"o (which means "Anointed One"),
and he brought [Simon] to Jesus. When Jesus saw him, He said, "You are Simon, son of John. p You will be called Cephas" (which means "Rock").
The next day Heq decided to leave for Galilee. Jesus found Philip and told him, "Follow Me!"
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.
Philip found Nathanaelr and told him, "We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!"
"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Nathanael asked him. "Come and see," Philip answered.
Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said about him, "Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is in him."
"How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you," Jesus answered.
"Rabbi," Nathanael replied, "You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
Jesus responded to him, "Do you believe [only] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You s will see greater things than this."
Then He said, "I assure you: You t will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending u on the Son of Man."