This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, â€œWho are you?â€ He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, â€œI am not the Messiah.â€ And they asked him, â€œWhat then? Are you Elijah?â€ He said, â€œI am not.â€ â€œAre you the prophet?â€ He answered, â€œNo.â€ Then they said to him, â€œWho are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?â€ He said,
â€œI am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
â€˜Make straight the way of the Lord,â€™â€
as the prophet Isaiah said.
Â Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, â€œWhy then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?â€ John answered them, â€œI 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.