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John's Witness to Jesus


And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.    John 1:34









779 A.U.C;  A.M. 4030;  A.D.  27



Lectionary         Epiphany 2A  



Quotes & Notes on:     John 1:34   

  • John Wesley's Notes:
    I saw it-That is, the Spirit so descending and abiding on him.

    And testified-From that time.

  • Treasury of Scripture Knowledge:

    * this. Joh 1:18; 3:16-18,35; 5:23-27; 6:69; 10:30; 11:27; 19:7; 20:28,31 Ps 2:7; 89:26,27; Mt 3:17; 4:3; 8:29; 11:27; 16:16; 17:5; 26:63 Mt 27:40,43,54; Mr 1:1,11; Lu 1:35; 3:22; Ro 1:4; 2Co 1:19 Heb 1:1,2,5; 7:3; 1Jo 2:23; 3:8; 4:9,14; 5:9-13,20; 2Jo 1:9 Re 2:18

  • Adam Clarke's Commentary:

     (No comment on this verse).

  • Family Bible Notes:

    (No comment on this verse).

  • 1599 Geneva Bible Notes:
    This word "the" points out to us some excellent thing, and makes a distinction between Christ and others, whom Moses and the prophets commonly call the sons of the most High

  • People's New Testament Commentary:

        Again the next day after, John stood, and two of his disciples. In Joh 1:19-28, the account is given of the visit of the priests and Levites, sent by the Sanhedrin to John. "The next day" after this, John sees Jesus and points him out as the Lamb of God, giving a discourse of which, in Joh 1:19-34, we have a synopsis. On the "next day" after this, the third day after the deputation of the Sanhedrin, and the second after the return of Jesus from the wilderness, John stood with two of his disciples. One of these two, we learn from Joh 1:40, was Andrew; the other, we have reason to believe, was John, the apostle.

  • Robertson's Word Pictures:
      I have seen (he˘raka). Present perfect active of hora˘. John repeats the statement of verse Joh 1:32 (tetheamai). Have borne witness (memarturŕka). Perfect active indicative of marture˘ for which verb see Joh 1:32. This is the Son of God (ho huios tou theou). The Baptist saw the Spirit come on Jesus at his baptism and undoubtedly heard the Father's voice hail him as "My Beloved Son" (Mr 1:11; Mt 3:17; Lu 3:22). Nathanael uses it as a Messianic title (Joh 1:49) as does Martha (Joh 11:27). The Synoptics use it also of Christ (Mr 3:11; Mt 14:33; Lu 22:70). Caiaphas employs it to Christ as a Messianic title (Mt 26:63) and Jesus confessed under oath that he was (verse Mt 26:64), thus applying the term to himself as he does in John's Gospel (Joh 5:25; 10:36; 11:4) and by implication (the Father, the Son) in Mt 11:27 (Lu 10:22). Hence in the Synoptics also Jesus calls himself the Son of God. The phrase means more than just Messiah and expresses the peculiar relation of the Son to the Father (Joh 3:18; 5:25; 17:5; 19:7; 20:31) like that of the Logos with God in Joh 1:1.

  • Albert Barnes' Commentary:

      (No comment on this verse).


  • Jamieson-Faussett Brown:

    (No comment on this verse).

  • Spurgeon Commentary:

    (No comment on this verse).

  • William Burkitt's Notes:

    (No comment on this verse).

  • Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary:

    (No comment on this verse).

  • The Fourfold Gospel:

     And I have seen. That is, I have seen the promised sign.

    And have borne witness that this is the Son of God. This is the climax of John's testimony. It was twofold, embracing the results of the two senses of sight and hearing. 1. John saw the dove-like apparition of the Spirit, which convinced him that Jesus was the one to baptize in the Spirit. 2. He heard the voice of the Father, which convinced him that Jesus was the Son of God. As to each of these two facts he had a separate revelation, appealing to a different sense, and each given by the personage of the Deity more nearly concerned in the matter revealed. John was not only to prepare the people to receive Christ by calling them to repentance, and baptizing them for the remission of their sins; there was another work equally great and important to be performed. Their heads as well as their hearts needed his preparatory services. His testimony ran counter to and corrected popular opinion concerning Christ. We see that John corrected four errors: 1. The Jews looked for a Messiah of no greater spiritual worthiness than John himself, but the Baptist disclaimed even the right to unlace the Lord's shoe, that he might emphasize the difference between himself and the Messiah in point of spiritual excellency. 2. The Jews looked for one who would come after Moses, David, and the prophets, and lost sight of the fact that he would be before them, both in point of time and of honor (Mt 22:41-46). 3. The Jews looked for a liberator from earthly bondage--a glorious king; John pointed them to a liberator from spiritual bondage, a perfect sacrifice acceptable to God. 4. The Jews looked for a human Messiah, a son of David. John enlarged their idea, by pointing them to a Messiah who was also the Son of God. When the Jews accept John's guidance as a prophet, they will believe in the Messiahship of Jesus.





Updated:   Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 03:52 AM



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