Luke 9:19

ESV And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.”
NIV They replied, 'Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.'
NASB They answered and said, 'John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.'
CSB They answered, "John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, that one of the ancient prophets has come back."
NLT Well,' they replied, 'some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead.'
KJV They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.

What does Luke 9:19 mean?

The topic of Jesus' identity has been a subject of much discussion over the last several chapters. When He raised a widow's son from the dead, the villagers declared, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" (Luke 7:16). When He forgave a sinful woman, onlookers scoffed, "Who is this, who even forgives sin?" (Luke 7:49). After Jesus calmed a violent storm, the disciples questioned, saying, "Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?" (Luke 8:25). And when Herod Antipas heard all Jesus and His disciples had been doing, the entire court discussed the matter, positing that Jesus is Elijah, one of the other prophets of old or at least one like them, or even a resurrected John the Baptist (Luke 9:7–9).

Some of the people whom Jesus fed have grander ideas. They think Jesus is a prophet, but they want Jesus to be an earthly, immediate king (John 6:14–15). Anyone who can provide food so easily should be given greater authority. Jesus counters by telling them He is the bread of life, and to be saved they must "eat His flesh." In addition, He identifies Himself as the Son of God who has come down from heaven. The people quickly pivot, reminding themselves that Jesus is merely the son of Joseph—nothing special—and many abandon Him (John 6:22–66).

On the heels of this conversation, Jesus allows the disciples to reaffirm what they believe (John 6:65–69). Peter speaks for them stating that Jesus is not an Old Testament-era prophet, He is the One those prophets spoke of (Luke 9:20).
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