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50 Jesus said to him,[a] “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”[b] 51 He continued,[c] “I tell all of you the solemn truth[d]—you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”[e]

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  1. John 1:50 tn Grk “answered and said to him.” This has been simplified in the translation to “said to him.”
  2. John 1:50 sn What are the greater things Jesus had in mind? In the narrative this forms an excellent foreshadowing of the miraculous signs which began at Cana of Galilee.
  3. John 1:51 tn Grk “and he said to him.”
  4. John 1:51 tn Grk “Truly, truly, I say to you.”
  5. John 1:51 sn The title Son of Man appears 13 times in John’s Gospel. It is associated especially with the themes of crucifixion (3:14; 8:28), revelation (6:27; 6:53), and eschatological authority (5:27; 9:35). The title as used in John’s Gospel has for its background the son of man figure who appears in Dan 7:13-14 and is granted universal regal authority. Thus for the author, the emphasis in this title is not on Jesus’ humanity, but on his heavenly origin and divine authority.