1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God. 2He 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
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, d, e
who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
John the Baptist Denies Being the Christ
19Now this was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem
sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.
20He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am
not the Christ. f”
21They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
22Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer
to take back to those who sent us. What do you say
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.’ ” g
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 h 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 was baptizing.
Jesus the Lamb of God
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him
and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the
sin of the world! 30This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A
man who comes after me has surpassed me because he
was before me.’ 31I 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
35The next day John was there again with two of his
disciples. 36When 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?”
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.
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 i).
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee.
Finding Philip, he said to him, “Followme.”
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?”
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said
of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing
48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus 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 of Israel.”
50Jesus said, “You believe a because I told you I saw
you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than
that.” 51He then added, “I tell you b the truth, you b shall
see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and
descending on the Son of Man.”