John 1; John 2

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John 1

1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was already with God in the beginning.
3 Everything came into existence through him. Not one thing that exists was made without him.
4 He was the source of life, and that life was the light for humanity.
5 The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it.
6 God sent a man named John to be his messenger.
7 John came to declare the truth about the light so that everyone would become believers through his message.
8 John was not the light, but he came to declare the truth about the light.
9 The real light, which shines on everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world came into existence through him. Yet, the world didn't recognize him.
11 He went to his own people, and his own people didn't accept him.
12 However, he gave the right to become God's children to everyone who believed in him.
13 These people didn't become God's children in a physical way--from a human impulse or from a husband's desire [to have a child]. They were born from God.
14 The Word became human and lived among us. We saw his glory. It was the glory that the Father shares with his only Son, a glory full of kindness and truth.
15 (John declared the truth about him when he said loudly, "This is the person about whom I said, 'The one who comes after me was before me because he existed before I did.'")
16 Each of us has received one gift after another because of all that the Word is.
17 The Teachings were given through Moses, but kindness and truth came into existence through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God. God's only Son, the one who is closest to the Father's heart, has made him known.
19 This was John's answer when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
20 John didn't refuse to answer. He told them clearly, "I'm not the Messiah."
21 They asked him, "Well, are you Elijah?" John answered, "No, I'm not." Then they asked, "Are you the prophet?" John replied, "No."
22 So they asked him, "Who are you? Tell us so that we can take an answer back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
23 John said, "I'm a voice crying out in the desert, 'Make the way for the Lord straight,' as the prophet Isaiah said."
24 Some of those who had been sent were Pharisees.
25 They asked John, "Why do you baptize if you're not the Messiah or Elijah or the prophet?"
26 John answered them, "I baptize with water. Someone you don't know is standing among you.
27 He's the one who comes after me. I am not worthy to untie his sandal strap."
28 This happened in Bethany on the east side of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.
29 John saw Jesus coming toward him the next day and said, "Look! This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
30 He is the one I spoke about when I said, 'A man who comes after me was before me because he existed before I did.'
31 I didn't know who he was. However, I came to baptize with water to show him to the people of Israel."
32 John said, "I saw the Spirit come down as a dove from heaven and stay on him.
33 I didn't know who he was. But God, who sent me to baptize with water, had told me, 'When you see the Spirit come down and stay on someone, you'll know that person is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
34 I have seen this and have declared that this is the Son of God."
35 The next day John was standing with two of his disciples.
36 John saw Jesus walk by. John said, "Look! This is the Lamb of God."
37 When the two disciples heard John say this, they followed Jesus.
38 Jesus turned around and saw them following him. He asked them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which means "teacher"), "where are you staying?"
39 Jesus told them, "Come, and you will see." So they went to see where he was staying and spent the rest of that day with him. It was about ten o'clock in the morning.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two disciples who heard John and followed Jesus.
41 Andrew at once found his brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means "Christ").
42 Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at Simon and said, "You are Simon, son of John. Your name will be Cephas" (which means "Peter").
43 The next day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee. He found Philip and told him, "Follow me!"
44 (Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter.)
45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the man whom Moses wrote about in his teachings and whom the prophets wrote about. He is Jesus, son of Joseph, from the city of Nazareth."
46 Nathanael said to Philip, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip told him, "Come and see!"
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and remarked, "Here is a true Israelite who is sincere."
48 Nathanael asked Jesus, "How do you know anything about me?" Jesus answered him, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you."
49 Nathanael said to Jesus, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the king of Israel!"
50 Jesus replied, "You believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that."
51 Jesus said to Nathanael, "I can guarantee this truth: You will see the sky open and God's angels going up and coming down to the Son of Man."
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John 2

1 Three days later a wedding took place in the city of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there.
2 Jesus and his disciples had been invited too.
3 When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They're out of wine."
4 Jesus said to her, "Why did you come to me? My time has not yet come."
5 His mother told the servers, "Do whatever he tells you."
6 Six stone water jars were there. They were used for Jewish purification rituals. Each jar held 18 to 27 gallons.
7 Jesus told the servers, "Fill the jars with water." The servers filled the jars to the brim.
8 Jesus said to them, "Pour some, and take it to the person in charge." The servers did as they were told.
9 The person in charge tasted the water that had become wine. He didn't know where it had come from, although the servers who had poured the water knew. The person in charge called the groom
10 and said to him, "Everyone serves the best wine first. When people are drunk, the host serves cheap wine. But you have saved the best wine for now."
11 Cana in Galilee was the place where Jesus began to perform miracles. He made his glory public there, and his disciples believed in him.
12 After this, Jesus, his mother, brothers, and disciples went to the city of Capernaum and stayed there for a few days.
13 The Jewish Passover was near, so Jesus went to Jerusalem.
14 He found those who were selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons in the temple courtyard. He also found moneychangers sitting there.
15 He made a whip from small ropes and threw everyone with their sheep and cattle out of the temple courtyard. He dumped the moneychangers' coins and knocked over their tables.
16 He told those who sold pigeons, "Pick up this stuff, and get it out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!"
17 His disciples remembered that Scripture said, "Devotion for your house will consume me."
18 The Jews reacted by asking Jesus, "What miracle can you show us to justify what you're doing?"
19 Jesus replied, "Tear down this temple, and I'll rebuild it in three days."
20 The Jews said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple. Do you really think you're going to rebuild it in three days?"
21 But the temple Jesus spoke about was his own body.
22 After he came back to life, his disciples remembered that he had said this. So they believed the Scripture and this statement that Jesus had made.
23 While Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Passover festival, many people believed in him because they saw the miracles that he performed.
24 Jesus, however, was wary of these believers. He understood people
25 and didn't need anyone to tell him about human nature. He knew what people were really like.
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