Saint John (Explained)
"And this is the record of
John, when the
sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?"
"And he confessed, and denied
not; but confessed,
"And they asked him, What
then? Art thou Elias? And he saith,
not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No." (John 1:19-21)
priests and Levites came to find out who John the Baptist was. He
denied that he was
Christ, Elias, or
the Prophet. <2>However,
declared to his disciples, John was the
reincarnation of Elias (Matthew
17:11-13). But for the reason of fear of the Pharisees and the king,
he denied his identity (discriminating mind).
"Then said they unto
him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us.
What sayest thou of thyself?" (John 1:22)
priests who were Pharisees (John 1:24) insisted to receive some
words from him, but because of the corruption in religion and
government, John knew he would cause trouble for himself and
if he answered their questions directly. That is why he indirectly
gave them an answer in the next verse.
the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of
the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias." (John 1:23)
quote is from Isaiah 40:3, which refers to the voice of the one who
straighten the way. The one who was to come before
was Elias (Elijah) (Matthew 17:10), so John was the
reincarnation of Elias.
"And they which were
sent were of the Pharisees."
"And they asked him, and said
unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that
Christ, nor Elias,
neither that prophet?" (John 1:24-25)
the Pharisees wanted to upset the faith of the people who were
following John, and also to put him in a situation to make him
profess who he was. That is why they asked him, If he was not
Elias, or that prophet, why was he baptizing?
"John answered them,
saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom
ye know not;"
"He it is, who coming after
me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet
I am not worthy to
unloose." (John 1:26-27)
he answered them that he was the harbinger of
that he was Elias (Elijah).
"These things were done
in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing."
"The next day John seeth
coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of
which taketh away the
sin of the world."
The First Begotten Son,
"which taketh away the
sin of the world."
"This is he of whom I
said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was
"And I knew him not: but that
he should be made manifest to
therefore am I come baptizing with water."
"And John bare record,
saying, I saw the Spirit descending from
like a dove, and it abode upon him."
"And I knew him not: but he
that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom
thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same
is he which baptizeth with the
"And I saw, and bare record
that this is the
of God." (John 1:30-34)
saw the signs which caused him to recognize
House of Israel,
would also recognize him!
"Again the next day
after John stood, and two of his disciples;"
"And looking upon
as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of
"And the two disciples heard
him speak, and they followed
John was cautious to not loudly proclaim who
was, but he only said this to his disciples and in an indirect
Esa turned, and saw
them following, and said unto them, What seek ye? They said unto
him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where
dwellest thou?" (John 1:38)
-- because John called him "the Lamb of
they realized he was
Christ. They went
to him and accepted him as their master by referring to him as Rabbi
"He saith unto them,
Come and see; They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him
that day: for it was about the tenth hour." (John 1:39)
saying, "Come and see,"
also accepted them as his disciples. So they followed him and stayed
"One of the two which
heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's
"He first findeth his own
brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which
is, being interpreted, the
"And he brought him to
Esa beheld him, he
said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas,
which is by interpretation, A stone."
"The day following
would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him,
"Now Philip was of Bethsaida,
the city of Andrew and Peter."
"Philip findeth Nathanael,
and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and
Esa of Nazareth,
the son of Joseph."
"And Nathanael said unto him,
Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto
him, Come and see."
saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite
indeed, in whom is no guile!"
"Nathanael saith unto him,
Whence knowest thou me?
answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when
thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee."
"Nathanael answered and saith
unto him, Rabbi, thou art the
of God; thou art the King of
answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee
under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things
"And he saith unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see
heaven open, and
ascending and descending upon the Son of man." (John 1:40-51)
was gathering his disciples and choosing those who were ready and
came unto him.