What does John 1:22 mean?
ESV: So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
NIV: Finally they said, 'Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?'
NASB: Then they said to him, 'Who are you? Tell us, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?'
CSB: "Who are you, then? " they asked. "We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself? "
NLT: Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?'
KJV: Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
Verse Commentary:
It's typical of a dishonest skeptic to ask questions that aren't really questions, without much interest in the truth. Once the interrogators run out of their own ideas about who John the Baptist might be, they finally give him the opportunity to speak for himself. And yet, this seems mostly because they want to get their errand over and done with. Verse 22 suggests that the actual men present were messengers of local religious leaders, not necessarily the religious leaders themselves. The Baptist's ministry must have been influential enough to require investigation, but not enough to convince priests or scribes to come out in person. Israel's spiritual leaders were supposed to act like shepherds, protecting the people from false ideas. So, it was legitimate for local priests to question John the Baptist. He was attracting attention by preaching a controversial message (John 1:19). As usual, the Baptist would rather tell others about the Messiah, than talk about himself.
Verse Context:
John 1:19–28 describes a conversation between John the Baptist (not the same John as the author of this gospel) and the local religious leaders. Baptizing converts to Judaism was common, but the Baptist was calling on Jews to repent and be baptized. The Baptist makes it clear that he is not the “Promised One,” but equally clear that his mission is to prepare the way for that One.
Chapter Summary:
The first chapter of John introduces Jesus as “the Word,” from the Greek Logos. This chapter clearly describes Jesus as identical to God. After this prologue, the chapter describes Jesus recruiting the first of His disciples, as well as a conversation between John the Baptist and the Pharisees. There are seven names for Christ in this chapter, including “The Son of God,” “The Word,” and “The King of Israel.”
Chapter Context:
The first chapter of the gospel of John equates Christ with God, and introduces John the Baptist. The Baptist specifically points to Jesus as the Promised One. Jesus collects the first five of His disciples. In this chapter, Jesus is given seven descriptive names, including “The Word,” “The Son of God,” and “The King of Israel.” This chapter sets the stage for the rest of the gospel, by giving the reader a sense of who Jesus truly is, and why He has come. The rest of the gospel is an exploration of the claims made in this initial passage.
Book Summary:
The gospel of John was written by the disciple John, decades later than the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The author assumes that a reader is already familiar with the content of these other works. So, John presents a different perspective, with a greater emphasis on meaning. John uses seven miracles—which he calls “signs”—in order to prove that Jesus is, in fact, God incarnate. Some of the most well-known verses in all of the Bible are found here. None is more famous than the one-sentence summary of the gospel found in John 3:16.
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