Q. Who is the Prophet mentioned in John 1:21? I always thought that the Prophet was Jesus Christ but why would they ask John that if he was the Christ and the Prophet as if they were two separate people? Can you show me some passages that show Jesus is also the Prophet?
A. In Deut. 18:14-19 Moses had explained that the Jews should not listen to sorcerers or fortune tellers like the pagans did. Instead, God would send them a prophet like Moses to instruct them. This person became known as the Prophet of Moses and is the one the Jews asked John about. Most scholars have concluded that God was speaking about the Messiah in Deut. 18, but in Jewish thinking he was thought of as a separate person.