Was Jesus Divine, and not just a good human?
When Jesus came to Earth and first began His ministry, deciding just who he was wasn’t easy for many. According to John (the apostle), John-the-Baptist indirectly admitted aloud his (perhaps first) thoughts about this in a passage rarely cited.
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Early in John-the-Baptist’s ministry “…he saw Jesus coming to him, and said ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, “After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.” ‘ ” (John 1:29-30 NASB).
So what does this mean?
John-the-Baptist’s mother Elizabeth was the aunt of Mary (Jesus’ mother). Mary knew in fact that John was born to Elizabeth (who she’d visited) before Jesus was born to her.
So John was older than Jesus (on Earth).
The only way Jesus could be older than John would be if he were Divine, existing in heaven before coming to Earth.