In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.
Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.
That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man named John who was sent from God.
He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.
The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him.
He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.
But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,
who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
(John testified concerning Him and exclaimed, "This was the One of whom I said, 'The One coming after me has surpassed me, because He existed before me.' ")
Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness,
for although the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God. The One and Only Son-- the One who is at the Father's side-- He has revealed Him.
This is John's testimony when the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, "Who are you?"
He did not refuse to answer, but he declared: "I am not the Messiah."
"What then?" they asked him. "Are you Elijah?" "I am not," he said. "Are you the Prophet?" "No," he answered.
"Who are you, then?" they asked. "We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?"
He said, "I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord-- just as Isaiah the prophet said."
Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.
So they asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you aren't the Messiah, or Elijah, or the Prophet?"
"I baptize with water," John answered them. "Someone stands among you, but you don't know [Him].
He is the One coming after me, whose sandal strap I'm not worthy to untie."
All this happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
This is the One I told you about: 'After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me.'
I didn't know Him, but I came baptizing with water so He might be revealed to Israel."
And John testified, "I watched the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He rested on Him.
I didn't know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The One you see the Spirit descending and resting on-- He is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God!"
Again the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples.
When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look! The Lamb of God!"
The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus.
When Jesus turned and noticed them following Him, He asked them, "What are you looking for?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are You staying?"
"Come and you'll see," He replied. So they went and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. It was about 10 in the morning.
Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Him.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah!" (which means "Anointed One"),
and he brought [Simon] to Jesus. When Jesus saw him, He said, "You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which means "Rock").
The next day He decided to leave for Galilee. Jesus found Philip and told him, "Follow Me!"
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.
Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the One Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!"
"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Nathanael asked him. "Come and see," Philip answered.
Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said about him, "Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is in him."
"How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you," Jesus answered.
"Rabbi," Nathanael replied, "You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
Jesus responded to him, "Do you believe [only] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this."
Then He said, "I assure you: You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and
Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding as well.
When the wine ran out, Jesus' mother told Him, "They don't have any wine."
"What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman?" Jesus asked. "My hour has not yet come."
"Do whatever He tells you," His mother told the servants.
Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained 20 or 30 gallons.
"Fill the jars with water," Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim.
Then He said to them, "Now draw some out and take it to the chief servant." And they did.
When the chief servant tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from-- though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom
and told him, "Everybody sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now."
Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
After this, He went down to Capernaum, together with His mother, His brothers, and His disciples, and they stayed there only a few days.
The Jewish Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
In the temple complex He found people selling oxen, sheep, and doves, and [He also found] the money changers sitting there.
After making a whip out of cords, He drove everyone out of the temple complex with their sheep and oxen. He also poured out the money changers' coins and overturned the tables.
He told those who were selling doves, "Get these things out of here! Stop turning My Father's house into a marketplace!"
And His disciples remembered that it is written: Zeal for Your house will consume Me.
So the Jews replied to Him, "What sign [of authority] will You show us for doing these things?"
Jesus answered, "Destroy this sanctuary, and I will raise it up in three days."
Therefore the Jews said, "This sanctuary took 46 years to build, and will You raise it up in three days?"
But He was speaking about the sanctuary of His body.
So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this. And they believed the Scripture and the statement Jesus had made.
While He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many trusted in His name when they saw the signs He was doing.
Jesus, however, would not entrust Himself to them, since He knew them all
and because He did not need anyone to testify about man; for He Himself knew what was in man.
There was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
This man came to Him at night and said, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one could perform these signs You do unless God were with him."
Jesus replied, "I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
"But how can anyone be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked Him. "Can he enter his mother's womb a second time and be born?"
Jesus answered, "I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again.
The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
"How can these things be?" asked Nicodemus.
"Are you a teacher of Israel and don't know these things?" Jesus replied.
"I assure you: We speak what We know and We testify to what We have seen, but you do not accept Our testimony.
If I have told you about things that happen on earth and you don't believe, how will you believe if I tell you about things of heaven?
No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven-- the Son of Man.
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.
"For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send His Son into the world that He might judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
Anyone who believes in Him is not judged, but anyone who does not believe is already judged, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.
"This, then, is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.
For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed.
But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God."
After this, Jesus and His disciples went to the Judean countryside, where He spent time with them and baptized.
John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. People were coming and being baptized,
since John had not yet been thrown into prison.
Then a dispute arose between John's disciples and a Jew about purification.
So they came to John and told him, "Rabbi, the One you testified about, and who was with you across the Jordan, is baptizing-- and everyone is flocking to Him."
John responded, "No one can receive a single thing unless it's given to him from heaven.
You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Messiah, but I've been sent ahead of Him.'
He who has the bride is the groom. But the groom's friend, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the groom's voice. So this joy of mine is complete.
He must increase, but I must decrease."
The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth is earthly and speaks in earthly terms. The One who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what He has seen and heard, yet no one accepts His testimony.
The one who has accepted His testimony has affirmed that God is true.
For God sent Him, and He speaks God's words, since He gives the Spirit without measure.
The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands.
The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.