John 1:35 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:35, NIV: "The next day John was there again with two of his disciples."

John 1:35, ESV: "The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples,"

John 1:35, KJV: "Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;"

John 1:35, NASB: "Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples,"

John 1:35, NLT: "The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples."

John 1:35, CSB: "The next day, John was standing with two of his disciples."

What does John 1:35 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A major lesson to be learned from John the Baptist is how to direct others towards Jesus. In particular, he is an example of how to redirect attention from ourselves towards Christ. The Baptist gained a following as a result of his preaching, but was more than willing for Christ to get the glory, the followers, and the attention. As he sees Jesus walk by, he will voluntarily tell two of his own disciples to follow the Messiah. Later, the Pharisees try to spark a rivalry between Jesus and John the Baptist (John 3:25–26). The Baptist's view is that Jesus is the real purpose of his mission, so he's actually happy to see people leave in order to follow the Messiah. The Baptist refers to this using wedding terminology: Jesus is the groom, and the Baptist is like his "best man." Seeing the groom's success doesn't make the best man jealous, it makes him happy (John 3:29-30).