1In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.2He was with God in the beginning.3All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him.4Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people.5The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not understood it.6A man came who was sent from God. His name was John.7He came to give witness about that light. He gave witness so that all people could believe.8John 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.10The Word was in the world that was made through him. But the world did not recognize him.11He came to what was his own. But his own people did not accept him.12Some people did accept him. They believed in his name. He gave them the right to become children of God.13To be a child of God has nothing to do with human parents. Children of God are not born because of human choice or because a husband wants them to be born. They are born because of what God does.14The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the one and only Son. He came from the Father. And he was full of grace and truth.15John gives witness about him. He cries out and says, “This was the one I was talking about. I said, ‘He who comes after me is more important than I am. He is more important because he existed before I was born.’ ”16We have all received one blessing after another. God's grace is not limited.17Moses gave us the law. Jesus Christ has given us grace and truth.18No one has ever seen God. But God, the one and only Son, is at the Father's side. He has shown us what God is like.
John the Baptist Is Not the Christ
19The Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask John who he was. John gave witness to them.20He did not try to hide the truth. He spoke to them openly. He said, “I am not the Christ.”21They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet we've been expecting?” they asked. “No,” he answered.22They asked one last time, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”23John replied, using the words of Isaiah the prophet. John said, “I'm the messenger who is calling out in the desert, ‘Make the way for the Lord straight.’ ” (Isa 40:3)24Some Pharisees who had been sent25asked him, “If you are not the Christ, why are you baptizing people? Why are you doing that if you aren't Elijah or the Prophet we've been expecting?”26“I baptize people with water,” John replied. “But One is standing among you whom you do not know.27He is the One who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie his sandals.”28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River. That was where John was baptizing.
Jesus Is the Lamb of God
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God! He takes away the sin of the world!30This is the One I was talking about. I said, ‘A man who comes after me is more important than I am. That's because he existed before I was born.’31I did not know him. But God wants to make it clear to Israel who this person is. That's the reason I came baptizing with water.”32Then John told them, “I saw the Holy Spirit come down from heaven like a dove. The Spirit remained on Jesus.33I would not have known him. But the One who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘You will see the Spirit come down and remain on someone. He is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’34I have seen it happen. I give witness that this is the Son of God.”
Jesus Chooses the First Disciples
35The next day John was again with two of his disciples.36He saw Jesus walking by. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God!”37The two disciples heard him say this. So they followed Jesus.38Then Jesus turned around and saw them following. He asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” Rabbi means Teacher.39“Come,” he replied. “You will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying. They spent the rest of the day with him. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon.40Andrew was Simon Peter's brother. Andrew was one of the two disciples who heard what John had said. He had also followed Jesus.41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon. He told him, “We have found the Messiah.” Messiah means Christ.42And he brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas.” Cephas means Peter (or rock).
Jesus Chooses Philip and Nathanael
43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”44Philip was from the town of Bethsaida. So were Andrew and Peter.45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One that Moses wrote about in the Law. The prophets also wrote about him. He is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.47Jesus saw Nathanael approaching. Here is what Jesus said about him. “He is a true Israelite. There is nothing false in him.”48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree. I saw you there before Philip called you.”49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel.”50Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.”51Then he said to the disciples, “What I'm about to tell you is true. You will see heaven open. You will see the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man.”
19And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” (Joh 3:26; Joh 8:25)20He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” (Lu 3:15; Joh 1:8; Joh 3:28; Ac 13:25)21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” (De 18:15; De 18:18; Mt 11:14; Mt 16:14)22So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”23He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” (Isa 40:3; Mt 3:3)24(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)25They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” (Mt 3:6; Mr 1:4; Lu 3:3; Lu 3:7)26John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, (Mt 3:11; Mr 1:7; Lu 3:16; Ac 1:5; Ac 13:25)27even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” (Joh 1:15; Joh 1:30)28These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
35The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples,36and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (Joh 1:29)37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.38Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” (Mr 10:51; Joh 1:49; Joh 3:2; Joh 3:26; Joh 6:25; Joh 18:4; Joh 18:7; Joh 20:15; Joh 20:16)39He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.40One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. (Mt 4:18; Mr 1:16; Lu 5:2)41He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). (Joh 4:25)42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). (Mt 16:18; Joh 21:15; 1Co 1:12; 1Co 3:22)
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” (Joh 1:28; Joh 1:35; Joh 2:1)44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. (Joh 12:21)45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (Mt 2:23; Lu 3:23; Lu 16:16; Lu 24:27; Joh 6:42; Joh 21:2)46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” (Joh 7:41; Joh 7:52)47Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” (Ps 32:2; Ps 73:1; Zep 3:13; Ro 9:4; Ro 9:6; Re 14:5)48Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” (Joh 2:24)49Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” (Zep 3:15; Zec 9:9; Mt 27:11; Mt 27:42; Joh 1:38; Joh 6:69; Joh 11:27; Joh 12:13; Joh 20:28)50Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”51And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (Ge 28:12; Eze 1:1; Da 7:13; Mt 3:16; Lu 3:21)