Some Pharisees who had been sent asked John:
"If you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet, why do you baptize people?"
John answered, "I baptize with water, but there is one here with you that you don't know about.
He is the One who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie the strings of his sandals."
This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing people.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
This is the One I was talking about when I said, 'A man will come after me, but he is greater than I am, because he was living before me.'
Even I did not know who he was, although I came baptizing with water so that the people of Israel would know who he is."
Then John said, "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven in the form of a dove and rest on him. Until then I did not know who the Christ was. But the God who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'You will see the Spirit come down and rest on a man; he is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'
I have seen this happen, and I tell you the truth: This man is the Son of God."