John testified concerning him and exclaimed, “This was the one of whom I said, ‘The one coming after me ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”)  Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from his fullness,  for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God. The one and only Son, who is himself God and is at the Father’s side—he has revealed him.  This was John’s testimony when the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, “Who are you?”  He didn’t deny it but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”  “What then?” they asked him. “Are you Elijah?” “I am not,” he said. “Are you the Prophet?” “No,” he answered.  “Who are you, then?” they asked. “We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?”  He said, “I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord—just as Isaiah the prophet said.”  Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.  So they asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you aren’t the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?”  “I baptize with water,” John answered them. “Someone stands among you, but you don’t know him.  He is the one coming after me, whose sandal strap I’m not worthy to untie.”  All this happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
Read Malachi 3:1.