2 Jan 2008
This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, â€˜Who are you?â€™ He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, â€˜I am not the Messiah.â€™ And they asked him, â€˜What then? Are you Elijah?â€™ He said, â€˜I am not.â€™ â€˜Are you the prophet?â€™ He answered, â€˜No.â€™ Then they said to him, â€˜Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?â€™ He said,
â€˜I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
â€œMake straight the way of the Lordâ€ â€™,
as the prophet Isaiah said.
Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, â€˜Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?â€™ John answered them, â€˜I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.â€™ This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.