Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

Yohane 1

Mawu Asandulika Thupi

1Pachiyambi panali Mawu, ndipo Mawu anali kwa Mulungu, ndipo Mawu ndiye Mulungu. Mawuwa anali ndi Mulungu pachiyambi.

Zinthu zonse zinalengedwa ndi Iye; ndipo popanda Iye sikukanakhala kanthu kalikonse kolengedwa. Mwa Iye munali moyo, ndipo moyowo unali kuwunika kwa anthu. Kuwunika kunawala mu mdima, koma mdimawo sunakuzindikire.

Kunabwera munthu amene anatumizidwa kuchokera kwa Mulungu; Iyeyo dzina lake linali Yohane. Iye anabwera ngati mboni kudzachitira umboni kuwunikako kuti kudzera mwa iye anthu onse akhulupirire. Iyeyu sanali kuwunika; koma anabwera ngati mboni ya kuwunika. Kuwunika koona kumene kuwunikira munthu aliyense kunabwera ku dziko lapansi.

10 Iye anali mʼdziko lapansi, ndipo ngakhale kuti dziko lapansi linalengedwa ndi Iye, dziko lapansilo silinamuzindikire Iye. 11 Iye anabwera kwa iwo amene anali akeake, koma akewo sanamulandire Iye. 12 Koma kwa onse amene anamulandira Iye, kwa amene anakhulupirira mʼdzina lake, Iye anawapatsa mphamvu yokhala ana a Mulungu; 13 ana wobadwa osati monga mwachilengedwe, kapena chisankho cha munthu, kapena chifuniro cha mwamuna koma wobadwa mwa Mulungu.

14 Mawu anasandulika thupi ndipo anakhala pakati pathu. Ife tinaona ulemerero wake, ulemerero wa Iye amene ndi Mwana mmodzi yekhayo wa Atate, wodzaza ndi chisomo ndi choonadi.

15 Yohane achitira umboni za Iye. Iye akufuwula kuti, “Uyu ndi Iye amene ndinati, ‘Iye amene akubwera pambuyo panga ndi wondiposa ine chifukwa, Iyeyo analipo ine ndisanabadwe.’ ” 16 Kuchokera mʼkuchuluka kwa chisomo chake ife tonse talandira madalitso pamwamba pa madalitso. 17 Pakuti lamulo linapatsidwa kudzera mwa Mose; chisomo ndi choonadi zinabwera kudzera mwa Yesu Khristu. 18 Palibe munthu amene anaona Mulungu, koma Mwana mmodzi yekhayo amene ali wa pamtima pa Atate, ndiye anafotokoza za Iye.

Yohane Mʼbatizi Akana kuti Iye ndi Khristu

19 Tsopano uwu ndi umboni wa Yohane pamene Ayuda a ku Yerusalemu anatumiza ansembe ndi Alevi kudzamufunsa kuti iye anali yani. 20 Iye sanalephere kuvomereza, koma iye anavomereza momasuka kuti, “Ine sindine Khristu.”

21 Iwo anamufunsa kuti, “Nanga iwe ndiwe yani? Kodi ndiwe Eliya?”

Iye anati, “Sindine.”

“Kodi ndiwe Mneneri?”

Iye anayankha kuti, “Ayi.”

22 Pomaliza iwo anati, “Ndiwe yani? Tipatse yankho kuti tipite nalo kwa amene anatituma. Kodi iwe ukuti chiyani za iwe mwini?”

23 Yohane anayankha ndi mawu a mneneri Yesaya kuti, “Ine ndi mawu a wofuwula mʼchipululu, ‘Wongolani njira ya Ambuye.’ ”

24 Tsopano Afarisi ena amene anatumidwa 25 anamufunsa Iye kuti, “Kodi ndi chifukwa chiyani, umabatiza ngati iwe si Khristu, kapena Eliya, kapena Mneneri?”

26 Yohane anayankha kuti, “Ine ndimabatiza ndi madzi, koma pakati panu payima amene simukumudziwa. 27 Iye ndi amene akubwera pambuyo panga, ine siwoyenera kumasula zingwe za nsapato zake.”

28 Zonsezi zinachitika ku Betaniya kutsidya lina la mtsinje wa Yorodani, kumene Yohane ankabatizira.

Yesu Mwana Wankhosa wa Mulungu

29 Pa tsiku lotsatira Yohane anaona Yesu akubwera kwa iye ndipo anati, “Taonani, Mwana Wankhosa wa Mulungu, amene achotsa tchimo la dziko lapansi! 30 Uyu ndi amene ndimatanthauza pamene ndinanena kuti, ‘Munthu amene akubwera pambuyo panga ndi wondiposa ine chifukwa analipo ine ndisanabadwe.’ 31 Ine mwini sindinamudziwe Iye, koma ndinabwera kubatiza ndi madzi kuti Iye adziwike mu Israeli.”

32 Kenaka Yohane anapereka umboni uwu: “Ine ndinaona Mzimu Woyera ngati nkhunda kuchokera kumwamba nakhala pa Iye. 33 Ine sindikanamudziwa Iye, koma kuti amene anandituma ine kudzabatiza ndi madzi anati kwa ine, ‘Munthu amene udzaona Mzimu Woyera akutsika nakhazikika pa Iye ndi amene adzabatize ndi Mzimu Woyera.’ 34 Ine ndaona ndipo ndikuchitira umboni kuti uyu ndi Mwana wa Mulungu.”

Ophunzira Oyamba a Yesu

35 Pa tsiku lotsatira Yohane analinso pamenepo pamodzi ndi awiri a ophunzira ake. 36 Iye ataona Yesu akudutsa anati, “Taonani Mwana Wankhosa wa Mulungu!”

37 Ophunzira ake awiriwo atamva iye akunena izi, iwo anamutsatira Yesu. 38 Atatembenuka, Yesu anaona iwo akumutsatira ndipo anawafunsa kuti, “Kodi mukufuna chiyani?”

Iwo anati, “Rabi (kutanthauza kuti Aphunzitsi), kodi mukukhala kuti?”

39 Iye anayankha kuti, “Bwerani mudzaone.”

Choncho iwo anapita ndi kukaona kumene Iye amakhala, ndipo anakhala naye tsiku limenelo. Linali ngati pafupifupi ora la khumi.

40 Andreya mʼbale wake wa Simoni Petro, anali mmodzi wa awiriwo amene anamva zimene Yohane ananena ndiponso amene anamutsata Yesu. 41 Choncho chimene Andreya anachita ndi kukapeza mʼbale wake Simoni ndipo anamuwuza kuti, “Ife tamupeza Mesiya,” (kutanthauza kuti Khristu).

42 Kenaka iye anabweretsa Simoni kwa Yesu, amene anamuyangʼana ndipo anati, “Iwe ndiwe Simoni, mwana wa Yohane. Udzatchedwa Kefa” (limene litanthauza kuti Petro).

Yesu Ayitana Filipo ndi Natanieli

43 Pa tsiku lotsatira Yesu anaganiza zopita ku Galileya. Atamupeza Filipo, anati kwa iye, “Nditsate.”

44 Filipo monga Andreya ndi Petro, anali wochokera ku mzinda mudzi Betisaida. 45 Filipo anakapeza Natanieli ndipo anamuwuza kuti, “Ife tapeza amene Mose analemba za Iye mʼmalamulo, ndi zimene aneneri analembanso za Iye, Yesu wa ku Nazareti, mwana wa Yosefe.”

46 Natanieli anafunsa kuti, “Nazareti! Kodi kanthu kalikonse kabwino kangachokere kumeneko?”

Filipo anati, “Bwera udzaone.”

47 Yesu atamuona Natanieli akuyandikira, anati kwa iye, “Uyu ndi Mwisraeli weniweni, mwa iye mulibe chinyengo.”

48 Natanieli anafunsa kuti, “Kodi mwandidziwa bwanji?”

Yesu anayankha kuti, “Ine ndinakuona iwe utakhala pansi pamtengo wamkuyu Filipo asanakuyitane.”

49 Kenaka Natanieli ananena kuti, “Rabi, Inu ndinu Mwana wa Mulungu; Inu ndinu Mfumu ya Israeli.”

50 Yesu anati, “Ukukhulupirira chifukwa chakuti ndakuwuza kuti Ine ndinakuona iwe uli pansi pamtengo wamkuyu? Iwe udzaona zinthu zazikulu kuposa izo.” 51 Ndipo Iye anapitirira kuti, “Zoonadi, Ine ndikuwuza kuti iwe udzaona kumwamba, kutatsekuka ndi angelo a Mulungu akukwera ndi kutsika pa Mwana wa Munthu.”

The Message

John 1

The Life-Light

11-2 The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
    God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
    in readiness for God from day one.

3-5 Everything was created through him;
    nothing—not one thing!—
    came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
    and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
    the darkness couldn’t put it out.

6-8 There once was a man, his name John, sent by God to point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in. John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light.

9-13 The Life-Light was the real thing:
    Every person entering Life
    he brings into Light.
He was in the world,
    the world was there through him,
    and yet the world didn’t even notice.
He came to his own people,
    but they didn’t want him.
But whoever did want him,
    who believed he was who he claimed
    and would do what he said,
He made to be their true selves,
    their child-of-God selves.
These are the God-begotten,
    not blood-begotten,
    not flesh-begotten,
    not sex-begotten.

14 The Word became flesh and blood,
    and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
    the one-of-a-kind glory,
    like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
    true from start to finish.

15 John pointed him out and called, “This is the One! The One I told you was coming after me but in fact was ahead of me. He has always been ahead of me, has always had the first word.”

16-18 We all live off his generous bounty,
        gift after gift after gift.
    We got the basics from Moses,
        and then this exuberant giving and receiving,
    This endless knowing and understanding—
        all this came through Jesus, the Messiah.
    No one has ever seen God,
        not so much as a glimpse.
    This one-of-a-kind God-Expression,
        who exists at the very heart of the Father,
        has made him plain as day.

Thunder in the Desert

19-20 When Jews from Jerusalem sent a group of priests and officials to ask John who he was, he was completely honest. He didn’t evade the question. He told the plain truth: “I am not the Messiah.”

21 They pressed him, “Who, then? Elijah?”

“I am not.”

“The Prophet?”

“No.”

22 Exasperated, they said, “Who, then? We need an answer for those who sent us. Tell us something—anything!—about yourself.”

23 “I’m thunder in the desert: ‘Make the road straight for God!’ I’m doing what the prophet Isaiah preached.”

24-25 Those sent to question him were from the Pharisee party. Now they had a question of their own: “If you’re neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?”

26-27 John answered, “I only baptize using water. A person you don’t recognize has taken his stand in your midst. He comes after me, but he is not in second place to me. I’m not even worthy to hold his coat for him.”

28 These conversations took place in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing at the time.

The God-Revealer

29-31 The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man I’ve been talking about, ‘the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me.’ I knew nothing about who he was—only this: that my task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God-Revealer. That is why I came here baptizing with water, giving you a good bath and scrubbing sins from your life so you can get a fresh start with God.”

32-34 John clinched his witness with this: “I watched the Spirit, like a dove flying down out of the sky, making himself at home in him. I repeat, I know nothing about him except this: The One who authorized me to baptize with water told me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit come down and stay, this One will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ That’s exactly what I saw happen, and I’m telling you, there’s no question about it: This is the Son of God.”

Come, See for Yourself

35-36 The next day John was back at his post with two disciples, who were watching. He looked up, saw Jesus walking nearby, and said, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb.”

37-38 The two disciples heard him and went after Jesus. Jesus looked over his shoulder and said to them, “What are you after?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 He replied, “Come along and see for yourself.”

They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for the day. It was late afternoon when this happened.

40-42 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John’s witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, “We’ve found the Messiah” (that is, “Christ”). He immediately led him to Jesus.

Jesus took one look up and said, “You’re John’s son, Simon? From now on your name is Cephas” (or Peter, which means “Rock”).

43-44 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. When he got there, he ran across Philip and said, “Come, follow me.” (Philip’s hometown was Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter.)

45-46 Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, “We’ve found the One Moses wrote of in the Law, the One preached by the prophets. It’s Jesus, Joseph’s son, the one from Nazareth!” Nathanael said, “Nazareth? You’ve got to be kidding.”

But Philip said, “Come, see for yourself.”

47 When Jesus saw him coming he said, “There’s a real Israelite, not a false bone in his body.”

48 Nathanael said, “Where did you get that idea? You don’t know me.”

Jesus answered, “One day, long before Philip called you here, I saw you under the fig tree.”

49 Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi! You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!”

50-51 Jesus said, “You’ve become a believer simply because I say I saw you one day sitting under the fig tree? You haven’t seen anything yet! Before this is over you’re going to see heaven open and God’s angels descending to the Son of Man and ascending again.”