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,
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.”
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.
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.”
Neno Alifanyika Mwili
1Hapo mwanzo, kabla ya kuwapo kitu kingine cho chote, aliku wapo Neno. Huyo Neno alikuwa pamoja na Mungu, naye alikuwa Mungu. 2 Tangu mwanzo Neno amekuwa na Mungu. 3 Vitu vyote viliumbwa na yeye, wala hakuna cho chote kilichoumbwa ambacho hakukiumba. 4 Uzima ulikuwa ndani yake na uzima huo ndio ulikuwa nuru ya watu. 5 Nuru hiyo huangaza gizani na giza haliwezi kamwe kuizima.
6 Mtu mmoja aitwaye Yohana alitumwa na Mungu 7 awaambie watu kuhusu hiyo nuru, ili kwa ushuhuda wake wapate kuamini. 8 Yohana mwenyewe hakuwa ile nuru. Yeye alitumwa kuishuhudia hiyo nuru. 9 Nuru halisi ambayo inawaangazia watu wote ilikuwa inakuja ulim wenguni. 10 Neno alikuwepo ulimwenguni, lakini japokuwa aliumba ulimwengu, watu wa ulimwengu hawakumtambua! 11 Alikuja nyumbani kwake, lakini watu wake hawakumpokea! 12 Bali wote waliompokea na kumwamini aliwapa haki ya kufanywa watoto wa Mungu. 13 Hawa hawakuwa watoto wa Mungu kwa kuzaliwa kwa njia ya asili, wala kwa mapenzi au mipango ya watu bali wamezaliwa na Mungu mwenyewe.
14 Neno akawa mwanadamu akaishi kati yetu akiwa amejaa utu kufu na kweli. Tuliona utukufu wake, utukufu wa Mwana pekee wa Baba. 15 Yohana alishuhudia habari zake, akatangaza: “Huyu ndiye yule niliyewaambia kuwa, ‘Yeye ajaye baada yangu ni mkuu kuliko mimi kwa kuwa alikuwapo kabla sijazaliwa.”’ 16 Na kutokana na ukamilifu wake, sisi sote tumepokea neema tele. 17 Musa alitule tea sheria kutoka kwa Mungu, lakini Yesu Kristo ametuletea neema na kweli. 18 Hakuna mtu aliyemwona Mungu wakati wo wote. Lakini Mwanae pekee, ambaye ana uhusiano wa karibu sana na Baba yake, amemdhihirisha Mungu kwetu.
Ujumbe Wa Yohana Mbatizaji
19 Viongozi wa Wayahudi waliwatuma makuhani na Walawi wakam wulize Yohana, “Wewe ni nani?” 20 Yohana akawajibu wazi wazi pasipo kuficha, “Mimi siye Kristo.” 21 Wakamwuliza, “Wewe ni nani basi? Wewe ni Eliya ?” Akajibu, “Hapana, mimi siye.” “Wewe ni yule Nabii?” Akajibu, “Hapana.” 22 Ndipo wakasema, “Basi tuambie wewe ni nani ili tupate jibu la kuwapelekea wale waliotutuma. Tueleze, wewe hasa ni nani?”
23 Akawajibu kwa kutumia maneno ya nabii Isaya, “Mimi ni sauti ya mtu anayeita kwa sauti kuu nyikani, ‘Nyoosheni njia ata kayopita Bwana.”’ 24 Baadhi ya wale waliotumwa na Mafarisayo 25 walimwuliza, “Kama wewe si Kristo, wala Eliya na wala si yule Nabii, kwa nini unabatiza watu?”
26 Yohana akawajibu, “Mimi ninabatiza kwa maji, lakini kati yenu yupo mtu msiyemjua. 27 Yeye anakuja baada yangu, lakini mimi sistahili hata kumvua viatu vyake.”
28 Mambo haya yalitokea Bethania, kijiji kilichoko ng’ambo mashariki ya mto wa Yordani, ambapo Yohana alikuwa akibatiza watu.
Mwana Kondoo Wa Mungu
29 Kesho yake Yohana alimwona Yesu akimjia akasema, “Tazameni! Huyu ndiye Mwana-Kondoo wa Mungu anayeondoa dhambi ya ulimwengu! 30 Huyu ndiye niliyewaambia kwamba, ‘Yeye ajaye baada yangu ni mkuu kuliko mimi kwa maana alikuwapo kabla sijazaliwa.’ 31 Mimi mwenyewe sikumfahamu, lakini nimekuja nikibatiza kwa maji kusudi apate kufahamika kwa watu wa Israeli.”
32 Kisha Yohana akatoa ushuhuda huu: “Nilimwona Roho akish uka kutoka mbinguni kama hua, akakaa juu yake. 33 Mimi nisingem tambua, lakini Mungu ambaye alinituma nibatize watu kwa maji ali kuwa ameniambia kwamba, ‘Yule mtu utakayemwona Roho akimshukia kutoka mbinguni na kukaa juu yake, huyo ndiye atakayebatiza kwa Roho Mtakatifu.’ 34 Mimi nimeona jambo hili na ninashuhudia kuwa huyu ndiye Mwana wa Mungu.”
Wanafunzi Wa Kwanza Wa Yesu
35 Kesho yake, Yohana alikuwapo pale pamoja na wanafunzi wake wawili. 36 Alipomwona Yesu akipita, alisema, “Tazameni! Mwana-Kondoo wa Mungu!” 37 Wale wanafunzi wawili walipomsikia Yohana akisema haya, walimfuata Yesu. 38 Yesu akageuka akawaona wakimfuata akawauliza, “Mnataka nini?” Wakamwambia, “Rabi’ 39 Yesu akawajibu, “Njooni mkapaone!” Ilikuwa yapata saa kumi jioni. Basi wakaenda wakaona alipokuwa anaishi, wakashinda naye siku hiyo.
40 Mmojawapo wa hao wanafunzi wawili waliomfuata Yesu baada ya kusikia maneno ya Yohana, alikuwa ni Andrea, ndugu yake Simoni Petro. 41 Mara baada ya haya Andrea alikwenda kumtafuta ndugu yake akamwambia, “Tumemwona Masihi,” yaani Kristo. 42 Andrea akampeleka Simoni kwa Yesu. Yesu akamtazama, akasema, “Wewe ni Simoni mwana wa Yohana; sasa utaitwa Kefa.” Tafsiri ya Kefa kwa Kigiriki ni Petro, maana yake ‘Mwamba’.
Yesu Anawaita Filipo Na Nathanaeli
43 Kesho yake Yesu aliamua kwenda Galilaya. Akakutana na Filipo, akamwambia, “Nifuate.” 44 Filipo alikuwa mwenyeji wa Bethsaida, mji ambapo Andrea na Petro walikuwa wanaishi. 45 Fil ipo naye akamtafuta Nathanaeli akamwambia, “Tumekutana na Yesu wa Nazareti mwana wa Yusufu, ambaye Musa katika Torati na pia Manabii waliandika habari zake.” 46 Nathanaeli akajibu, “Je, inawezekana kitu cho chote chema kikatoka Nazareti?” Filipo akamwambia, “Njoo ukajionee mwenyewe.” 47 Yesu alipomwona Nathanaeli anakaribia, akasema, “Huyu ni Mwisraeli halisi. Hana udanganyifu wo wote.” 48 Nathanaeli akamwuliza, “Umenifaha muje? ” Yesu akamjibu, “Nilikuona wakati ulipokuwa chini ya mtini, kabla hata Filipo hajakuita.” 49 Nathanaeli akamwambia, “Mwalimu, wewe ni Mwana wa Mungu! Wewe ni Mfalme wa Israeli!” 50 Yesu akamwambia, “Unaamini kwa kuwa nimekuambia kwamba nili kuona chini ya mtini? Basi utaona mambo makuu zaidi kuliko hilo!” 51 Ndipo akawaambia, “Ninawaambia hakika, mtaona mbingu ikifunguka, na malaika wa Mungu wakienda mbinguni na kushuka juu yangu mimi Mwana wa Adamu.”