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.”

Knijga O Kristu

Evanđelje po Ivanu 1

U početku je postojao On koji bijaše Riječ. On je bio s Bogom i bio je Bog.

U početku je bio kod Boga.

Stvorio je sve što postoji. Ne postoji ništa što nije On stvorio.

U njemu bijaše Život i taj je Život svjetlo ljudima.

To svjetlo prodire kroz tamu i tama ga nikada ne može ugasiti.

Bog je poslao Ivana Krstitelja

da svima govori o svjetlu kako bi svatko mogao povjerovati na temelju njegova svjedočanstva.

Sam Ivan nije bio svjetlo; on je bio tek svjedok koji je trebao govoriti o svjetlu.

Onaj koji je istinito svjetlo što prosvjetljuje svakog čovjeka došao je na svijet.

10 Iako je stvorio svijet, kad je došao, svijet ga nije prepoznao.

11 Nisu ga prihvatili ni u njegovoj vlastitoj zemlji, u vlastitom narodu.

12 Ali svima onima koji su povjerovali u njega i prihvatili ga dao je pravo da postanu Božjom djecom jer su se pouzdali u njegovo ime da ih spasi.

13 Svi koji povjeruju u njega ponovno se rađaju, ali ne tjelesnim rođenjem koje dolazi od ljudske strasti ili od čovjekove volje, nego od Boga.

14 Tako je On, koji bijaše Riječ, postao čovjekom i živio je ovdje na zemlji, među nama. Bio je pun milosti i istine. A mi smo vidjeli njegovu slavu, slavu Očeva Sina jedinca.

15 Ivan je za njega svjedočio vičući: 'To je onaj za kojega sam vam govorio: Dolazi za mnom netko mnogo veći od mene jer je postojao davno prije mene.'

16 Svi smo primali od njegove punine, milost za milošću.

17 Mojsije je donio Zakon, dok su po Kristu došle istina i milost.

18 Boga, zapravo, nitko nikad nije vidio osim njegova jedinorođenoga Sina - Boga - jer je on iz Očevih njedara i govorio nam je o Ocu.

Svjedočanstvo Ivana Krstitelja

19 Ovo je Ivanovo svjedočanstvo: židovi poslaše svećenike i njihove pomoćnike iz Jeruzalema da upitaju Ivana tko je on.

20 On je otvoreno priznao: 'Ja nisam Krist.'

21 'A tko si onda?' pitali su ga. 'Jesi li Ilija?''Nisam

22 'Pa tko si onda? Reci nam da možemo odgovoriti onima koji su nas poslali. Što imaš reći o sebi?'

23 On im odgovori:
    'Ja sam glas koji viče iz gole pustinje:
    "Pripravite se za dolazak Gospodnji!' kako je prorokovao Izaija.'

24 Izaslanici bijahu farizeji.

25 Upitaju ga: 'Ako nisi Krist, ni Ilija, ni Prorok, odakle ti pravo da krstiš?'

26 'Ja krstim samo vodom

27 On će uskoro započeti svoju službu među vama, a ja mu nisam dostojan ni robom biti.'[a]

28 To se dogodilo u Betaniji, s one strane Jordana na kojoj je Ivan krstio narod.

Isus, Jaganjac Božji

29 Sutradan Ivan ugleda Isusa kako mu prilazi, pa reče: 'Pogledajte! Evo Jaganjca Božjega koji odnosi grijeh svijeta!

30 Ovo je taj za kojega sam rekao: "Uskoro dolazi čovjek koji je mnogo veći od mene jer je postojao i prije mene.'

31 Nisam znao da je on taj, ali ovdje sam i krstim vodom zato da bih ga objavio izraelskom narodu.'

32 Zatim Ivan posvjedoči: 'Vidio sam Svetog Duha gdje silazi u obliku goluba i ostaje na njemu.

33 Nisam znao da je on taj

34 Vidio sam da se to dogodilo ovomu čovjeku i zato svjedočim da je on Božji Sin.'[b]

Prvi učenici

35 Sutradan je Ivan stajao s dvojicom svojih učenika,

36 a Isus je onuda prolazio. Ivan ga ugleda i reče: 'Pogledajte! Evo Jaganjca Božjega!'

37 Kad su to čula dvojica njegovih učenika, okrenu se i pođu za Isusom.

38 Isus se okrene i spazi ih kako ga slijede. 'Što hoćete?' upita ih.'Rabbi (to znači: Učitelju), gdje stanuješ?' odgovore oni pitanjem.

39 'Dođite i vidjet ćete

40 Jedan od dvojice koji su čuli što je Ivan rekao i pošli za Isusom bio je Andrija, brat Šimuna Petra.

41 Andrija najprije ode potražiti brata i kaza mu: 'Našli smo Mesiju (to znači: Krista)!'

42 I dovede Petra da upozna Isusa. Isus ga pomnjivo pogleda i reče mu: 'Ti si Šimun, Ivanov sin, ali zvat ćeš se Kefa (to znači: Petar[c])!'

43 Sutradan Isus odluči poći u Galileju. Susretne Filipa i reče mu: 'Pođi za mnom!'

44 Filip bijaše iz Betsaide, iz Petrova i Andrijina rodnoga grada.

45 Filip pak potraži Natanaela i reče mu: 'Našli smo Mesiju, onoga o kojemu su pisali Mojsije i Proroci. To je Isus, Josipov sin, iz Nazareta.'

46 'Iz Nazareta!' poviče Natanael. 'Može li odande doći što dobro?' 'Samo dođi i uvjeri se

47 Dok su se približavali, Isus ga ugleda i reče: 'Evo poštenoga čovjeka, pravog Izraelca.'

48 'Otkud znaš kakav sam?' upita Natanael.Isus mu odgovori: 'Vidio sam te pod smokvom prije nego te je Filip našao.'

49 Nato mu Natanael odgovori: 'Učitelju, ti si Božji Sin! Ti si kralj Izraela!'

50 'Zar vjeruješ samo zato što sam ti rekao da sam te vidio pod smokvom?' upita Isus. 'Vidjet ćeš i više od toga.

51 Gledat ćete, zaista vam kažem, kako se otvara nebo i kako anđeli Božji uzlaze i silaze nad Sinom Čovječjim.'[d]

Notas al pie

  1. Evanđelje po Ivanu 1:27 U grčkome: odvezati sandale.
  2. Evanđelje po Ivanu 1:34 U nekim rukopisima: Božji izabranik.
  3. Evanđelje po Ivanu 1:42 Stijena
  4. Evanđelje po Ivanu 1:51 Vidjeti Postanak 28:10-17.