The disciples of John were worried about Jesus (Jn 3:26-3:26)

“John’s disciples

Came to John.

They said to him.

‘Rabbi!

The one who was with you

Across the Jordan,

To whom you testified,

Here he is

Baptizing.

All are going to him.’”

καὶ ἦλθον πρὸς τὸν Ἰωάνην καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ Ῥαββεί, ὃς ἦν μετὰ σοῦ πέραν τοῦ Ἰορδάνου, ᾧ σὺ μεμαρτύρηκας, ἴδε οὗτος βαπτίζει καὶ πάντες ἔρχονται πρὸς αὐτόν.

John uniquely now turned again to the disciples of John the Baptist.  They came to John (καὶ ἦλθον πρὸς τὸν Ἰωάνην), as they called him Rabbi or teacher (καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ Ῥαββεί,), just like the disciples of Jesus did to Jesus.  They were worried about the one who had been with him (ὃς ἦν μετὰ σοῦ) on the other side of the Jordan River (πέραν τοῦ Ἰορδάνου,), the west side, in chapter 1:19-28.  This is the one whom John the Baptist had testified to (ᾧ σὺ μεμαρτύρηκας).  Now this Jesus was baptizing (ἴδε οὗτος βαπτίζει) people.  All the people were going to him (καὶ πάντες ἔρχονται πρὸς αὐτόν).  Once again, there is the hint of a conflict between the disciples of Jesus and the disciples of John.  Notice that John’s disciples also called him Rabbi.  They were worried that Jesus was becoming more popular than John the Baptist.  Do you think that all religious leaders get along together?

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