:B:19 This was the testimony of John when the Jews sent priests and Levites to ask him, Who are you? 20 John recognized the truth and did not deny it. He said, I am not the Messiah.
21 And they asked him, Then who are you? Elijah? He answered, I am not. They said, Are you the Prophet? And he answered, No. 22 Then they said to him, Tell us who you are, so that we can give some answer to those who sent us. How do you see yourself? 23 And John said, quoting the prophet Isaiah, I am the voice crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord.
24 Those who had been sent were Pharisees
28 This happened in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. 30 It is he of whom I said: A man comes after me who is already ahead of me, for he was before me. 31 I myself did not know him, but I came baptizing to prepare for him, so that he might be revealed in Israel.
32 And John also gave this testimony, I saw the Spirit coming down on him like a dove from heaven and resting on him. 33 I myself did not know him but God who sent me to baptize told me: You will see the Spirit coming down and resting on the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. 34 Yes, I have seen! and I de clare that this is the Chosen One of God.
Jesus meets the first disciples
:B:35 On the following day John was standing there again with two of his dis ciples. 36 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and said, There is the Lamb of God. 37 On hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. 38 He turned and saw them following, and he said to them, What are you looking for? They answered, Rabbi (which means Master), where are you staying? 39 Jesus said, Come and see. So they went and saw where he stayed and spent the rest of that day with him. It was about four oclock in the afternoon.
40 Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard what John had said and followed Jesus. 41 Early the next morning he found his brother Simon and said to him, We have found the Messiah (which means the Christ),42 and he brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, You are Simon, son of John, but you shall be called Cephas (which means Rock).
43 The next day, Jesus decided to set off for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, Follow me. 44 Philip was from Beth saida, the town of An drew and Peter. 45 Philip found Natha nael and said to him, We have found the one that Moses wrote about in the Law, and the prophets as well: he is Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.
46 Nathanael replied, Can anything good come from Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see. 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming, he said of him, Here comes an Israelite, a true one
49 Nathanael answered, Master, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel! 50 But Jesus replied, You believe because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. But you will see greater things than that.
51 Truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.