In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lights every man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, this was he of whom I spoke, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
(Mat 3:1–12; Mar 1:1–8; Luk 3:1–20 )
And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
And they asked him, and said unto him, why baptizes thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there stands one among you, whom ye know not;
He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
(Mat 3:13–17; Mar 1:9–11; Luk 3:21, 22 )
The next day John sees Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
It is he of whom I said, after me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Holy Ghost.
And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
I want everyone at the sound of my voice to harken unto my words. “This same Jesus who you have seen taken from you will come again in like manner.”… This was what the Angels told his disciples after his ascension…Exactly like he did the first time, except this time it is not his physical body but his Spiritual body. The Body of Believers. This time not as a Lamb, but this time as a King and a Conqueror. So, everything was backwards. At least in our imaginations. We wanted him to come as a single person and they wanted him to come as a King. Now he comes not as a single person but in his Spiritual body!!! Saying exactly the same things about the same events and with the same outcomes.
But who does he come in?? His First-Fruits Company. 144,000 strong. Those who are chosen and pre-ordained to fulfill the plan of God and to rule and reign with Christ for 1,000 years. His Kings and Priests forever in thy house, oh God. Every believer receives a measure of Christ by the Holy Ghost, but we receive the 100-fold, fullness of Christ. So that he is no longer far off but has been brought near by the Blood of Christ. Once foreigners but now are we a part of the beloved. Accepted and Cherished. WE are him and he is us and we are ONE!!!