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the Eternal Word
In the beginning the Word already
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except
The Word gave life to everything that
and his life brought light to
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never
6 God sent a man, John the Baptist,* 7 to
tell about the light so that everyone might
believe because of his testimony. 8 John
himself was not the light; he was simply
a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one
who is the true light, who gives light to
everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.
11 He came to his own people, and even
they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the
right to become children of God. 13 They
are r eborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but
a birth that comes from God.
14 So the Word became human* and
made his home among us. He was full
of unfailing love and faithfulness.* And
we have seen his glory, the glory of the
Father’s one and only Son.
15 John testified about him when he
shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I
was talking about when I said, ‘Someone
is coming after me who is far greater than
I am, for he existed long before me.’”
16 From his abundance we have all
received one gracious blessing after another.* 17 For the law was given through
(1:3-5) Do you ever feel as though your life is so
complex that God would never understand? Remember, God created the entire universe—nothing is too
complex for him to understand. He created you,
he is alive today, and his love is greater than any
problem you may face.
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oses, but God’s unfailing love and
faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God. But the
unique One, who is himself God,* is near
to the Father’s heart. He has revealed
God to us.
The Testimony of John
This was John’s testimony when the
Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple
assistants* from Jerusalem to ask John,
“Who are you?” 20 He came right out and
said, “I am not the Messiah.”
21 “Well then, who are you?” they
asked. “Are you Elijah?”
“No,” he replied.
“Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”*
22 “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you
have to say about yourself?”
23 John replied in the words of the
“I am a voice shouting in the
‘Clear the way for the Lord’s
24 Then the Phar
isees who had been
sent 25 asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right
do you have to baptize?”
26 John told them, “I baptize with*
water, but right here in the crowd is
someone you do not recognize. 27Though
his ministry follows mine, I’m not even
worthy to be his slave and untie the
straps of his sandal.”
28 This encounter took place in Beth
any, an area east of the Jordan River,
where John was baptizing.
Jesus, the Lamb of God
The next day John saw J esus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of
1:3-4 Or and nothing that was created was created except
through him. The Word gave life to everything.
and the darkness has not understood it.
1:6 Greek a
man named John.
1:14a Greek became flesh.
grace and truth; also in 1:17. 1:16 Or received the grace
of Christ rather than the grace of the law; Greek reads
received grace upon grace.
1:18 Some manuscripts
read But the one and only Son.
1:19 Greek and Levites.
1:21 Greek Are you the Prophet? See Deut 18:15, 18;
1:23 Isa 40:3. 1:26 Or in; also in 1:31, 33.
God who takes away the sin of the world!
30 He is the one I was talking about when
I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is
far greater than I am, for he existed long
before me.’ 31 I did not recognize him as
the Messiah, but I have been baptizing
with water so that he might be revealed
32 Then John testified, “I saw the
Holy Spirit descending like a dove from
heaven and resting upon him. 33 I didn’t
know he was the one, but when God
sent me to baptize with water, he told
me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit
descend and rest is the one who will
baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I saw this
happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the
Chosen One of God.*”
The First Disciples
35 The following day John was again
standing with two of his disciples. 36 As
Jesus walked by, John looked at him and
declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of
God!” 37When John’s two disciples heard
this, they followed J esus.
38 Jesus looked around and saw them
following. “What do you want?” he
They replied, “Rabbi” (which means
“Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come and see,” he said. It was
about four o’clock in the afternoon when
they went with him to the place where he
was staying, and they remained with him
the rest of the day.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was
one of these men who heard what John
said and then followed Jesus. 41 Andrew
went to find his brother, Simon, and
told him, “We have found the Messiah”
(which means “Christ”*).
42 Then An
drew brought Si
meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon,
Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son
of John—but you will be called Cephas”
(which means “Peter”*).
43 The next day
Jesus decided to go
to Galilee. He found Philip and said to
him, “Come, follow me.” 44 Philip was
1:34 Some manuscripts read the Son of God.
1:41 Messiah (a Hebrew term) and Christ (a Greek term)
both mean “anointed one.” 1:42 The names Cephas
(from Aramaic) and Peter (from Greek) both mean “rock.”
1:45 Greek Moses in the law.
1:51 Greek going up and
down on the Son of Man; see Gen 28:10-17. “Son of Man”
is a title Jesus used for himself.
God sent Jesus
to give us life.
from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s
ip went to look for Nathanael
and told him, “We have found the very
person Moses* and the prophets wrote
about! His name is Jesus, the son of Jo
seph from Nazareth.”
46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael.
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
“Come and see for yourself,” Philip
47 As they approached, J
“Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a
man of complete integrity.”
48 “How do you know about me?” Na
Jesus replied, “I could see you under
the fig tree before Philip found you.”
49 Then Na
thanael exclaimed, “Rab
bi, you are the Son of G
od—the King of
Jesus asked him, “Do you believe
this just because I told you I had seen you
under the fig tree? You will see greater
things than this.” 51 Then he said, “I tell
you the truth, you will all see heaven
open and the angels of God going up and
down on the Son of Man, the one who is
the stairway between heaven and earth.*”
(1:30) Although John the Baptist was a well-known
preacher and attracted large crowds, he was
content for Jesus to take the higher place (see also
John 3:22-36). This is true humility, the basis for
greatness in anything we do for God. When you
are content to do what God wants you to do and
let Jesus be honored for it, God will do great things