The Gospel of John
"This Is the Witness of John" (John 1:19-28)

J. Deering,

Chapter 1:19-28
"This is the Witness of John"

John records the Record of John The Baptist's Ministry with the Pharasees.

{1:19}  And this is the witness of John:
when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"  {1:20}  And he confessed, and did not deny, and he confessed, "I am not the Christ."

{1:21}  And they asked him, "What then?  Are you Elijah?"  and he says, "I am not."
"Are you the Prophet?" and he answered, "No."

{1:22}  They said then to him,"Who are you, so that we may given answer to those who sent us?  What do you say about yourself."  {1:23}  He said, "I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, `Make straight the way of the Lord," as Isaiah the prophet said."  {1:24}  Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.  {1:25}  And they asked him, and said to him, "Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"  {1:26)  John answered them saying, "I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know.  {1:27}  It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie."

{1:28}  These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Review of the Dialog

Pharasees - Are you the Christ?
John - No
Pharasees - Are you Elijah?
John - No
Pharasees - Are you That Prophet?
John - No, I am saying as Elijah said, (the voice crying out in the wilderness,) "make straight the way of the Lord."
Pharasees - Why do you baptize Jews? (usually only proselytes [Gentiles] - the washing away of sin and cebelrating a clean new way of living. Why then baptize Jews who are already (ritually) clean? - Cleaning a jew requires High Priestly authority - So then, Who Are You? Is this a change of dispensation? Is this a new God approved way?