Bible: John 57-59

The Prologue to the Gospel

1:1 In the beginning 1  was the Word, and the Word was with God, 2  and the Word was fully God. 3  1:2 The Word 4  was with God in the beginning. 1:3 All things were created 5  by him, and apart from him not one thing was created 6  that has been created. 7  1:4 In him was life, 8  and the life was the light of mankind. 9  1:5 And the light shines on 10  in the darkness, 11  but 12  the darkness has not mastered it. 13 

1:6 A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. 14  1:7 He came as a witness 15  to testify 16  about the light, so that everyone 17  might believe through him. 1:8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify 18  about the light. 1:9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, 19  was coming into the world. 20  1:10 He was in the world, and the world was created 21  by him, but 22  the world did not recognize 23  him. 1:11 He came to what was his own, 24  but 25  his own people 26  did not receive him. 27  1:12 But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name 28 he has given the right to become God’s children 1:13 – children not born 29  by human parents 30  or by human desire 31  or a husband’s 32  decision, 33  but by God.

1:14 Now 34  the Word became flesh 35  and took up residence 36  among us. We 37  saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, 38  full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. 1:15 John 39  testified 40  about him and shouted out, 41 This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, 42  because he existed before me.’ 1:16 For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. 43  1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but 44  grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. 1:18 No one has ever seen God. The only one, 45  himself God, who is in closest fellowship with 46  the Father, has made God 47  known. 48 

The Testimony of John the Baptist

1:19 Now 49  this was 50  John’s 51  testimony 52  when the Jewish leaders 53  sent 54  priests and Levites from Jerusalem 55  to ask him, “Who are you? 56  1:20 He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ! 57  1:21 So they asked him, “Then who are you? 58  Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” 59  “Are you the Prophet?” 60  He answered, “No! 1:22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us 61  so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?

1:23 John 62  said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight 63  the way for the Lord,’ 64  as Isaiah the prophet said.” 1:24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 65 ) 66  1:25 So they asked John, 67 Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, 68  nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?

1:26 John answered them, 69 I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize, 70  1:27 who is coming after me. I am not worthy 71  to untie the strap 72  of his sandal! 1:28 These things happened in Bethany 73  across the Jordan River 74  where John was baptizing.

1:29 On the next day John 75  saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God 76  who takes away the sin of the world! 1:30 This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is greater than I am, 77  because he existed before me.’ 1:31 I did not recognize 78  him, but I came baptizing with water so that he could be revealed to Israel.” 79 

1:32 Then 80  John testified, 81 I saw the Spirit descending like a dove 82  from heaven, 83  and it remained on him. 84  1:33 And I did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 1:34 I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.” 85 

1:35 Again the next day John 86  was standing there 87  with two of his disciples. 1:36 Gazing at Jesus as he walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God! 88  1:37 When John’s 89  two disciples heard him say this, 90  they followed Jesus. 91  1:38 Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, “What do you want?” 92  So they said to him, “Rabbi(which is translated Teacher), 93  “where are you staying? 1:39 Jesus 94  answered, 95 Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 96 

Andrew’s Declaration

1:40 Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said 97  and followed Jesus. 98  1:41 He first 99  found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” 100  (which is translated Christ). 101  1:42 Andrew brought Simon 102  to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. 103  You will be called Cephas(which is translated Peter). 104 

The Calling of More Disciples

1:43 On the next day Jesus 105  wanted to set out for Galilee. 106  He 107  found Philip and said 108  to him, “Follow me.” 1:44 (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, 109  the town of 110  Andrew and Peter.) 1:45 Philip found Nathanael 111  and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also 112  wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 1:46 Nathanael 113  replied, 114 Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” 115  Philip replied, 116 Come and see.”

1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and exclaimed, 117 Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit! 118  1:48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, 119 Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, 120  I saw you.” 1:49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king 121  of Israel! 122  1:50 Jesus said to him, 123 Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 124  1:51 He continued, 125 I tell all of you the solemn truth 126 you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” 127 

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