They were Pharisees who had been sent.
Again they questioned him. "Why then do you baptize," they said, "if you are neither the Christ nor Elijah nor the Prophet?"
"I baptize in water only," John answered, "but in your midst stands One whom you do not know--
He who is to come after me, and whose sandal-strap I am not worthy to unfasten."
This conversation took place at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and exclaimed, "Look, that is the Lamb of God who is to take away the sin of the world!
This is He about whom I said, `After me is to come One who has been put before me, because He was before me.'
I did not yet know Him; but that He may be openly shown to Israel is the reason why I have come baptizing in water."
John also gave testimony by stating: "I have seen the Spirit coming down like a dove out of Heaven; and it remained upon Him.
I did not yet know Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, "`The One on whom you see the Spirit coming down, and remaining, He it is who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.'
"This I have seen, and I have become a witness that He is the Son of God."