In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Wilderness of Judea
This is John’s testimony when the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, “Who are you?”
“Who are you, then?” they asked. “We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?”
Now the people were waiting expectantly, and all of them were debating in their minds whether John might be the Messiah.
He did not refuse to answer, but he declared: “I am not the Messiah.”
You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I’ve been sent ahead of Him.’
Then as John was completing his life’s work, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not the One. But look! Someone is coming after me, and I am not worthy to untie the sandals on His feet.’
“What then?” they asked him. “Are you Elijah?”“I am not,” he said. “Are you the Prophet?” “No,” he answered.
if you’re willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who is to come.
“But I tell you: Elijah has already come, and they didn’t recognize him. On the contrary, they did whatever they pleased to him. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”
But I tell you that Elijah really has come, and they did whatever they pleased to him, just as it is written about him.”
He was not the light,
but he came to testify about the light.
This is the one it is written about:Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You;
he will prepare Your way before You.
So they asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you aren’t the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?”