Why did John the Baptist say Jesus was before him, when he was born before Jesus?


John 1:29-34 — John Witnesses the Anointing of Jesus

29The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of YHVH, which takes away the sin of the world.  30This is he of whom I said, After me comes a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.  31And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

32And John bare record, saying, I saw (YHVH’s) Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.   33And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said to me, “upon whom you shall see My Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with [My] Holy Spirit.”  34And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of YHVH.

Even though Jesus and John were cousins in the tribes of Levi and Judah, and their mothers were well known to each other, John states, “I knew him not” and “he was before me.”  John was born three months before Jesus, so, how could Jesus be before John?  John knew the prophecies of the coming Messiah and that he himself was called to witness and acknowledge the Messiah as the Lamb of YaHavah; therefore, John knew Jesus was in the plan of YaHavah from the beginning, even before John and Jesus were born.  Other Scriptures tell us that YaHavah created the heavens and earth for Jesus.

John, who was called to baptize in water, was also called to witness the entrance of the one who would baptize in the Spirit of YaHavah.  The Spirit descending onto the shoulder of Jesus was the sign that Jesus was the one and only begotten Son of YaHavah.

I’ve heard many discussions on the word, begotten never any firm decision on what it meant.  So I looked it up on my Toshiba edition Dictionary.

Begotten: v.t. ‌ ‌be-got, be-got-ten‌ ‌be-got, be-get-ting.‌   1. ‌ (esp. of a male parent) to generate (offspring). (Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc.)

Begotten is a Middle English word that speaks volumes for the truth about Jesus being born sinless.  Begotten was typically used by a male parent.  This is in line with the passing of Adam’s sin only by human fathers and genealogies recorded through the males.  Adam’s sin was not passed on the Jesus because his father was the one who created Adam.  Jesus’ genealogy, though listed in the Bible through Mary’s father back to Adam, is the shortest genealogy ever listed.  It goes from father to son; YaHavah to Jesus.  There are no father to son generations between them.

So, you see, begotten really does say a lot about Jesus’ birth and there is much more said throughout the Bible.


About Mary Lewis *

Retired senior citizen and Christian writer. My ministry in writing is to encourage all people to learn how to test the spirit of what they see, hear, and think to see if it is from YaHavah, our creator, before they act on it. There is always something to learn about YaHavah and Jesus and never risk becoming a know-it-all.
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