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.
3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been
made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The
light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood[a] it.
6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.[b]
10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world
did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive
him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the
right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent,[c] nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory,
the glory of the One and Only,[d] who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15John 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.' " 16From
the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17For the
law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has
ever seen God, but God the One and Only,[e][f]who is at the Father's side, has made him known.
John the Baptist Denies Being the Christ 19
Now this was John's testimony
when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20
not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ.[g]
21They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?"
said, "I am not."
"Are you the Prophet?"
22Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those
who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
23John 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.' "[h]
24Now some Pharisees who had been sent 25questioned
him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
26"I baptize with[i] water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know. 27He is the
one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."
28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John
Jesus the Lamb of God 29
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him
and said, "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
myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."
32Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as
a dove and remain on him. 33I would not have known him, except that the one who sent
me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the
Holy Spirit.' 34I 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!"
37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?"
said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"
39"Come," he replied, "and you will see."
they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.
40Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had
said and who had followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother
Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). 42And he brought
him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You will be
called Cephas" (which, when translated, is Peter[j]).
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael 43
The next day Jesus decided to leave
for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."
44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip 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."
46"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked.
and see," said Philip.
47When 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.
answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you."
49Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King
50Jesus said, "You believe[k] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that." 51He
then added, "I tell you[l] the truth, you[m] shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."