The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?” And they began reasoning among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’
Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
They *came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders *came to Him,
And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.
And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness.
I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
They reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’
There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’”
They asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him.”
You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?
Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me.
But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him.
in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.