“These two days [John 1:29-34] witnessed the beginning of the greatest institution in the world, – the Christian Church, – and the end of prophecy, which reached its goal when its last representative stood in the presence of Jesus, and, with pointing finger, designated Him as the Lamb of God. To outward seeming they were but a little knot of poor Jews. How kings and Caesars would have scoffed, if told that they were the nucleus of a movement which would shatter their thrones and reshape the world! ‘The kingdom of God cometh not with observation.’”
Alexander Maclaren, The Gospel of John (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1893), 12.