I am not the messiah; I am a voice.

NARRATOR 1: There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

NARRATOR 2: This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him:

PRIESTS, LEVITES: Who are you?

JOHN THE BAPTIST: I am not the Messiah.

PRIESTS, LEVITES: What then? Are you Elijah?

JOHN THE BAPTIST: I am not.

PRIESTS, LEVITES: Are you the prophet?

JOHN THE BAPTIST: No.

PRIESTS, LEVITES: Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?

NARRATOR: John answered by quoting the prophet Isaiah.

JOHN THE BAPTIST: I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Holy One.”

NARRATOR: Now the questioners had been sent from the Pharisees.

PRIESTS, LEVITES: Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?

JOHN THE BAPTIST: I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.

NARRATOR: This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

John 1.6-8, 19-28