What does John 1:35 mean?
ESV: The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples,
NIV: The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.
NASB: Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples,
CSB: The next day, John was standing with two of his disciples.
NLT: The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples.
KJV: Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
NKJV: Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
Verse Commentary:
An important lesson from the life of John the Baptist is to maintain a focus on Jesus. In particular, he exemplifies how to redirect attention from our selves towards Christ. The Baptist gained a following because of his preaching. Yet he was more than willing for Christ to get the glory, the popularity, and the attention. As he sees Jesus walk by, John seems to tell two of his own disciples to follow the Messiah (John 1:35–37, 40).

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 genuinely happy to see people leave his group 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).
Verse Context:
John 1:29–42 describes more conversations, these between John the Baptist, his disciples, and Jesus. It includes the moment Jesus recruits His first two disciples. Jesus is identified as "the Lamb of God," and "the Son of God." The Baptist describes his vision of the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, landing on Jesus. This confirms that He is the Messiah. The Baptist seems to tell John and Andrew to go and follow Jesus. They, in turn, introduce Jesus to Peter.
Chapter Summary:
The first chapter of John introduces Jesus as "the Word," from the Greek logos. This chapter clearly describes Jesus as 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 or titles 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 disciple John wrote the gospel of John decades after the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke were written. 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"— to prove that Jesus is, in fact, God incarnate. Some of the most well-known verses in 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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