I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.
John was sent to prepare the way for Jesus. He said - I am not the Christ… I am the voice of one calling in the desert, “Make straight the way for the Lord.”
Some of the religious leaders questioned why he was baptizing people if he wasn’t the Christ. John answers: I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.
When Jesus came to John to be baptized by him, he knew He was the One.
I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”
Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
John the Baptizer is the forerunner for Jesus the Baptizer. Man can only baptize in water, but Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit.
The word baptize means to immerse, submerge, overwhelm. A Christian is one who is not only immersed in water but one who is immersed in the life of the Spirit – the life God provides.
Jesus brings the gift of God Himself to those who follow Him.