3. Jesus as the Lamb of God,
with the Holy Spirit as the Dove,
Making the Believers Stones for the Building
of the House of God with the Son of Man
a. Religion Looking for a Great Leader
19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you?
20 And he confessed and did not deny, and he confessed, I am not the aChrist.
21 And they asked him, What then? Are you aElijah? And he said, I am not. Are you the bProphet? And he answered, No.
22 They said then to him, Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?
23 He said, I am a avoice of one crying in the wilderness, "Make straight the way of the Lord!'' as Isaiah the prophet said.
24 And those who had been sent were of the Pharisees.
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?
26 John answered them, saying, I abaptize in water; but among you stands One whom you do not know,
27 He who is coming after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.
28 These things took place in 1Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
b. Jesus Introduced as a Lamb with a Dove
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, Behold, the 1aLamb of God, who takes away the bsin of the 2world!
30 This is He of whom I said, aA man is coming after me who has become ahead of me, because He was before me.
31 And I did not know Him, but in order that He might be manifested to Israel, for this reason I came baptizing in water.
32 And John testified, saying, I beheld the Spirit descending as a 1adove out of heaven, and He abode upon Him.
33 And I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water, He said to me, He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and abiding upon Him, this is He who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.
34 And I have seen and have testified that this is the aSon of God.
c. Bringing Forth Stones for God's Building
35 Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples,
36 And looking at Jesus walking, he said, Behold, the aLamb of God!
37 And the two disciples heard him speak this, and they followed Jesus.
38 And Jesus, turning and beholding them following, said to them, What are you seeking? And they said to Him, Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?
39 He said to them, Come, and you will see. They went therefore and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day; it was about the 1tenth hour.
40 One of the two who heard this from John and followed Him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, We have found the 1Messiah (which translated means 1Christ).
42 He led him to Jesus. Looking at him, Jesus said, You are Simon, the son of John; you shall be called Cephas (which is interpreted, 1aPeter).
43 The next day He wanted to go forth into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, Follow Me.
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote, Jesus, the 1son of Joseph, from Nazareth.
46 And Nathanael said to him, Can anything good be from Nazareth? Philip said to him, aCome and see.
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him and said concerning him, Behold, truly an Israelite, in whom there is no guile!
48 Nathanael said to Him, How do You know me? Jesus answered and said to him, Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.
49 Nathanael answered Him, Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the 1aKing of Israel.
50 Jesus answered and said to him, Is it because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree that you believe? You shall see agreater things than these.
51 And He said to him, 1Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see 2aheaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the 3Son of Man.