The Word Became Flesh
1 IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD
AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD,
AND THE WORD WAS GOD
2 He was with God in the Beginning.
3 Through Him all things were made;
Without Him nothing was made that has been made.
4 IN HIM WAS LIFE,
AND THAT LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN.
5 THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS,
BUT THE DARKNESS HAS NOT UNDERSTOOD IT.
6 There came a man who was sent from God;
His name was John.
7 He came as a witness to testify concerning the Light,
So that through him all men might believe.
8 He himself was not the Light;
He came only as a witness to the Light.
9 THE TRUE LIGHT
THAT GIVES LIGHT TO EVERY MAN
WAS COMING INTO THE WORLD
10 HE WAS IN THE WORLD,
AND THOUGH THE WORLD WAS MADE THROUGH HIM,
THE WORLD DID NOT RECOGNIZE HIM.
11 He came to that which was His own,
But His own did not receive Him.
12 Yet to all who received Him,
To those who believed in His Name,
He gave the Right to become the children of God--
13 Children born not of natural decent,
Nor of human decision or a husband’s will,
But Born of God.
14 THE WORD BECAME FLESH
AND LIVED FOR A WHILE AMONG US
WE HAVE SEEN HIS GLORY,
THE GLORY OF THE ONE AND ONLY SON
WHO CAME FROM THE FATHER,
FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH.
15 John testifies concerning Him.
He cries out, saying,
“This was He of whom I said,
‘He who comes after me has surpassed me
Because He was before me.’”
16 From the fullness of His Grace
We have all received one blessing after another.
For the Law was given through Moses;
Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God, but God the only Son,
Who is at the Father’s side has made Him known.
(John 1:1-18, NIV)
John The Baptist Denies Being The Christ
19 Now this was John's Testimony
When the Jews of Jerusalem sent Priest and Levites
To ask him who he was.
20 He did not Fail to Confess,
But Confessed Freely,
'I AM NOT THE CHRIST.'
21 They asked him,
'Then who are you? Are you Elijah?'
He said, 'I am not.'
'Are you the Prophet?'
He answered, 'No.'
22 Finally they said, 'Who are you?
Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us.
What do you say about yourself?'
23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the Prophet,
'I am the Voice of one calling in the desert,
'Make Straight the Way for the Lord.'
24 Now some Pharisees
Who had been sent questioned him,
25 'Why then do yo Baptize if you are not the Christ,
Nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?'
26 'I Baptize with water,' John replied,
'BUT AMONG YOU STANDS ONE YOU DO NOT KNOW.
27 HE IS THE ONE WHO COMES AFTER ME,
THE TONGS OF WHOSE SANDALS
I AM NOT WORTHY TO UNTIE.'
28 This all happened at Bethany
On the other side of the Jordan,
Where John was Baptizing.
Jesus The Lamb Of God
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him
'LOOK THE LAMB OF GOD,
WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD!
30 This is the One I meant when I said,
'A MAN WHO COMES AFTER ME HAS SURPASSED ME
BECAUSE HE WAS BEFORE ME.'
31 I myself did not know Him,
But the reason I came Baptizing with water
WAS THAT HE MIGHT BE REVEALED TO ISRAEL.'
32 Then John gave this testimony:
'I SAW THE SPIRIT COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN AS A DOVE
AND REMAIN ON HIM.
33 I WOULD NOT HAVE KNOWN HIM,
EXCEPT THAT THE ONE
WHO SENT ME TO BAPTIZE WITH WATER TOLD ME,
'THE MAN ON WHO YOU SEE
THE SPIRIT COME DOWN AND REMAIN
IS HE WHO WILL BAPTIZE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.'
I HAVE SEEN AND I TESTIFY
THAT THIS IS THE SON OF GOD.'
Jesus First Disciples
35 The next day John was there again
With two of his disciples.
36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said,
'LOOK THE LAMB OF GOD!'
37 When the two disciples heard him say this,
They followed Jesus.
38 Turning around,
Jesus saw them following and asked,
'What do you want?'
They said, 'Rabbi (which means Teacher),
'Where are you staying?'
39 'Come,' He replied, 'and you will see.'
So they went and saw where He was staying,
And spent that day with Him.
It was about the tenth hour.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter's brother,
Was one of the two who heard what John had said
And who had followed Jesus.
41 The first thing Andrew did
Was to find his brother Simon and tell him,
'WE HAVE FOUND THE MESSIAH'
(That is, the Christ).
42 Then he brought Simon to Jesus,
Who looked at him and said,
'You are Simon son of John.
You will be called Cephas'
(Which, when translated, is Peter).
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee.
Finding Philip He said to him, 'Follow Me.'
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter,
Was from the town of Bethsaida.
45 Philip found Nathanael and told him,
'WE HAVE FOUND THE ONE
MOSES WROTE ABOUT IN THE LAW,
And about Whom the Prophets also wrote--
JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE SON OF JOSEPH.'
Can anything good come from there?' Nathanael asked.
'Come and see,' said Philip.
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching,
He said of him,
'Here is a True Israelite,
In whom there is nothing false.'
48 How do you know me?' Nathanael asked.
'I say you while you were still under the fig tree
Before Philip called you.'
49 Then Nathanael declared,
'Rabbi, You are the Son of God;
You are the King of Israel.'
50 Jesus said,
'You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree.
You shall see greater things than that.'
51 He then added,
'I TELL YOU THE TRUTH,
YOU SHALL SEE HEAVEN OPEN,
AND THE ANGELS OF GOD ASCENDING AND DESCENDING
ON THE SON OF MAN.'