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John

Chapter 1

1  Before the world began, the Word[8132] Word The Greek word is "flogosf," meaning any kind of communication. It could be translated "message." Here, it means Christ--the way God told people about himself. was there. The Word was there with God. The Word was God.
2  He was there with God in the beginning.
3  All things were made through him (the Word). Nothing was made without him.
4  In him there was life. That life was light (understanding, goodness) for the people of the world.
5  The Light shines in the darkness. The darkness has not defeated[8133] defeated Or, "understood." the Light.
6  There was a man named John.[8134] John John the Baptizer, the man that told people about Christ's coming. Read Mt. 3; Lk. 3. He was sent by God.
7  John came to tell people about the Light (Christ). Through John all people could {hear about the Light and} believe.
8  John was not the Light. But John came to tell people about the Light.
9  The true Light was coming into the world. This is the true Light that gives light to all people.
10  The Word[8135] Word The Greek word is "flogosf," meaning any kind of communication. It could be translated "message." Here, it means Christ--the way God told people about himself. was already in the world. The world was made through him. But the world (people) did not know him.
11  He came to the world that was his own. But his own people did not accept him.
12  Some people did accept him. They believed in him. He gave something to those people who believed. He gave them the right to become children of God.
13  These children were not born like little babies are born. They were not born from the wish or plan of a {mother and} father. These children were born from God.
14  The Word[8136] Word The Greek word is "flogosf," meaning any kind of communication. It could be translated "message." Here, it means Christ--the way God told people about himself. became a man and lived among us. We saw his glory--the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace (kindness) and truth.
15  John told people about him. John said, "This is the One I was talking about. I said, 'The One who comes after me is more important than I am. He was living before me.'"
16  The Word[8137] Word The Greek word is "flogosf," meaning any kind of communication. It could be translated "message." Here, it means Christ--the way God told people about himself. (Christ) was full of grace and truth. From him we all received more and more blessings.
17  The law was given through Moses. But grace and {the way of} truth came through Jesus Christ.
18  No man has ever seen God. But the only Son (Jesus) is God. He is very close to the Father[8138] But the only Son … Father Or, "But the only God is very close to the Father." Some Greek copies say, "But the only Son is very close to the Father." (God). And the Son has shown us what God is like.
19  The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent some priests and Levites[8139] Levites Levites were men from the family group of Levi who helped the Jewish priests in the temple. to John.[8140] John John the Baptizer, the man that told people about Christ's coming. Read Mt. 3; Lk. 3. The Jews sent them to ask, "Who are you?"
20  John spoke freely. John did not refuse to answer. John said clearly, "I am not the Christ.[8141] Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. " That is what John told people.
21  The Jews asked John, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah[8142] Elijah A man that spoke for God about 850 B.C. The Jews thought Elijah would come before the Messiah. See Malachi 4:5-6. ?" John answered, "No, I am not Elijah." The Jews asked, "Are you the Prophet[8143] Prophet They probably meant the prophet that God told Moses he would send. See Deuteronomy 18:15-19. ?" John answered, "No, I am not the Prophet."
22  Then the Jews said, "Who are you? Tell us about yourself. Give us an answer to tell the people who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
23  John told them the words of the prophet[8144] prophet(s) People that spoke for God. Some of them wrote books that are part of the Old Testament. Isaiah: "I am the voice of a person shouting in the desert: 'Make a straight road ready for the Lord.'"[8145]
24  These Jews were sent from the Pharisees.[8146] Pharisees The Pharisees were a Jewish religious group that claimed to follow carefully all Jewish laws and customs.
25  These men said to John: "You say you are not the Christ.[8147] Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. You say you are not Elijah[8148] Elijah A man that spoke for God about 850 B.C. The Jews thought Elijah would come before the Messiah. See Malachi 4:5-6. or the Prophet.[8149] Prophet They probably meant the prophet that God told Moses he would send. See Deuteronomy 18:15-19. Then why do you baptize[8150] baptize(d), baptizing Greek word meaning to immerse, dip, or bury a person or thing briefly under water. people?"
26  John answered, "I baptize[8151] baptize(d), baptizing Greek word meaning to immerse, dip, or bury a person or thing briefly under water. people with water. But there is a person here with you that you don't know.
27  That person is the One who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie the strings on his shoes."
28  These things all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River. This is where John was baptizing[8152] baptize(d), baptizing Greek word meaning to immerse, dip, or bury a person or thing briefly under water. people.
29  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God.[8153] Lamb of God Name for Jesus. It means that Jesus is like the lambs that were offered for a sacrifice to God. He takes away the sins of the world!
30  This is the One I was talking about. I said, 'A man will come after me, but he is greater than I am, because he was living before me--{he has always lived}.'
31  Even I did not know who he was. But I came baptizing[8154] baptize(d), baptizing Greek word meaning to immerse, dip, or bury a person or thing briefly under water. people with water so that Israel (the Jews) could know that Jesus is {the Christ}[8155] Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. ."
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33  Then John said, "I also did not know who the Christ was. But God sent me to baptize[8156] baptize(d), baptizing Greek word meaning to immerse, dip, or bury a person or thing briefly under water. people with water. And God told me, 'You will see the Spirit.[8157] Spirit, Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world. come down and rest on a man. That man is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.[8158] Spirit, Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world. '" John said, "I have seen this happen. I saw the Spirit come down from heaven. The Spirit looked like a dove and sat on him (Jesus).
34  So this is what I tell people: 'He (Jesus) is the Son of God.'"
35  The next day John was there again. John had two of his followers with him.
36  John saw Jesus walking by. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God[8159] Lamb of God Name for Jesus. It means that Jesus is like the lambs that were offered for a sacrifice to God. !"
37  The two followers heard John say this, so they followed Jesus.
38  Jesus turned and saw the two men following him. Jesus asked, "What do you want?" The two men said, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" ("Rabbi" means "Teacher.")
39  Jesus answered, "Come with me and you will see." So the two men went with Jesus. They saw the place where Jesus stayed. They stayed there with Jesus that day. It was about four o'clock.
40  These two men followed Jesus after they heard about Jesus from John. One of these two men was named Andrew. Andrew was Simon Peter's brother.
41  The first thing Andrew did was to go find his brother, Simon. Andrew said to Simon, "We have found the Messiah." ("Messiah" means "Christ.[8160] Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. ")
42  Then Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at Simon and said, "You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas." ("Cephas" means "Peter.[8161] Peter The Greek name "Peter," like the Aramaic name "Cephas," means "rock." ")
43  The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. Jesus found Philip and said to him, "Follow me."
44  Philip was from the town of Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter.
45  Philip found Nathanael and told him, "Remember what Moses wrote in the law. Moses wrote about a man that was coming. The prophets[8162] prophet(s) People that spoke for God. Some of them wrote books that are part of the Old Testament. wrote about him too. We have found him. His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph. He is from Nazareth."
46  But Nathanael said to Philip, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip answered, "Come and see."
47  Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him. Jesus said, "This man coming is truly one of God's people.[8163] one of God's people Literally, "an Israelite." There is nothing false in him."
48  Nathanael asked, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you when you were under the fig tree. That was before Philip told you about me."
49  Then Nathanael said to Jesus, "Teacher, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel (God's people)."
50  Jesus said to Nathanael, "I told you that I saw you under the fig tree. That is why you believe in me. But you will see much greater things than that!"
51  Jesus also said, "I tell you the truth. You will all see heaven open. You will see 'angels of God going up and coming down'[8164] 'angels … coming down' Quote from Genesis 28:12. on the Son of Man.[8165] Son of Man A name Jesus used for himself. In Daniel 7:13-14, this is the name for the Messiah, the one God chose to save his people. "
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