I know him (egw oida auton). In contrast to the ignorance of these people. See the same words in Matthew 8:55 and the same claim in Matthew 17:25 ; Matthew 11:27 ; Luke 10:22 (the Johannine aerolite). "These three words contain the unique claim of Jesus, which is pressed all through the chapters of controversy with the Jews" (Bernard). Jesus is the Interpreter of God to men ( John 1:18 ). And he sent me (kakeino me apesteilen). First aorist active indicative of apostellw, the very verb used of Jesus when he sent forth the twelve ( Matthew 10:5 ) and used by Jesus again of himself in John 17:3 . He is the Father's Apostle to men.