The Word Became a Human Being
1In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. 4Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people. 5The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not overcome the light.
6There was a man sent from God. His name was John. 7He came to be a witness about that light. He was a witness so that all people might believe. 8John himself was not the light. He came only as a witness to the light.
9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10The Word was in the world. And the world was made through him. But the world did not recognize him. 11He came to what was his own. But his own people did not accept him. 12Some people did accept him and did believe in his name. He gave them the right to become children of God. 13To be a child of God has nothing to do with human parents. Children of God are not born because of human choice or because a husband wants them to be born. They are born because of what God does.
14The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father. And the Word was full of grace and truth.
15John was a witness about the Word. John cried out and said, “This was the one I was talking about. I said, ‘He who comes after me is more important than I am. He is more important because he existed before I was born.’ ” 16God is full of grace. From him we have all received grace in place of the grace already given. 17In the past, God gave us grace through the law of Moses. Now, grace and truth come to us through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. But the One and Only is God and is at the Father’s side. The one at the Father’s side has shown us what God is like.
John the Baptist Says That He Is Not the Messiah
19The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask John who he was. John spoke the truth to them. 20He did not try to hide the truth. He spoke to them openly. He said, “I am not the Messiah.”
21They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet we’ve been expecting?” they asked.
“No,” he answered.
22They asked one last time, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23John replied, using the words of Isaiah the prophet. John said, “I’m the messenger who is calling out in the desert, ‘Make the way for the Lord straight.’ ” (Isaiah 40:3)
24The Pharisees who had been sent 25asked him, “If you are not the Messiah, why are you baptizing people? Why are you doing that if you aren’t Elijah or the Prophet we’ve been expecting?”
26“I baptize people with water,” John replied. “But someone is standing among you whom you do not know. 27He is the one who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie his sandals.”
28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River. That was where John was baptizing.
What John Says About Jesus
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God! He takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I was talking about. I said, ‘A man who comes after me is more important than I am. That’s because he existed before I was born.’ 31I did not know him. But God wants to make it clear to Israel who this person is. That’s the reason I came baptizing with water.”
32Then John told them, “I saw the Holy Spirit come down from heaven like a dove. The Spirit remained on Jesus. 33I myself did not know him. But the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘You will see the Spirit come down and remain on someone. He is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen it happen. I am a witness that this is God’s Chosen One.”
John’s Disciples Follow Jesus
35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36He saw Jesus walking by. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God!”
37The two disciples heard him say this. So they followed Jesus. 38Then Jesus turned around and saw them following. He asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” Rabbi means Teacher.
39“Come,” he replied. “You will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying. They spent the rest of the day with him. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.
40Andrew was Simon Peter’s brother. Andrew was one of the two disciples who heard what John had said. He had also followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon. He told him, “We have found the Messiah.” Messiah means Christ. 42And he brought Simon to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas.” Cephas means Peter, or Rock.
Jesus Chooses Philip and Nathanael
43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
44Philip was from the town of Bethsaida. So were Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the Law. The prophets also wrote about him. He is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47Jesus saw Nathanael approaching. Here is what Jesus said about him. “He is a true Israelite. Nothing about him is false.”
48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree. I saw you there before Philip called you.”
49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the king of Israel.”
50Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51Then he said to the disciples, “What I’m about to tell you is true. You will see heaven open. You will see the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man.”
Krist, Vječna Riječ
1U početku je postojao On koji bijaše Riječ. On je bio s Bogom i bio je Bog. 2U početku je bio kod Boga. 3Stvorio je sve što postoji, i ne postoji ništa što nije On stvorio. 4U njemu bijaše Život i taj je Život svjetlo ljudima. 5To svjetlo prodire kroz tamu i tama ga nikada ne može ugasiti.
6Bog je poslao Ivana Krstitelja 7da svima govori o svjetlu kako bi svatko mogao povjerovati na temelju njegova svjedočanstva. 8Sam Ivan nije bio svjetlo; on je bio tek svjedok koji je trebao govoriti o svjetlu.
9Onaj koji je istinito svjetlo što prosvjetljuje svakog čovjeka došao je na svijet. 10Iako je stvorio svijet, kad je došao, svijet ga nije prepoznao. 11Došao je vlastitom narodu i nisu ga prihvatili. 12Ali 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. 13Svi koji povjeruju u njega ponovno se rađaju, ali ne tjelesnim rođenjem koje dolazi od ljudske strasti ili od čovjekove volje, nego od Boga.
14Tako 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.
15Ivan je za njega svjedočio vičući: “To je onaj za kojega sam vam govorio: Dolazi za mnom netko mnogo veći od mene jer je postojao prije mene.”
16Svi smo primali od njegove punine, milost za milošću. 17Mojsije je donio Zakon, dok su po Kristu došle istina i milost. 18Boga, 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
(Mt 3:1-12; Mk 1:2-8; Lk 3:1)
19Ovo je Ivanovo svjedočanstvo: Židovi poslaše svećenike i njihove pomoćnike iz Jeruzalema da upitaju Ivana tko je on. 20On je otvoreno priznao: “Ja nisam Krist.”
21“A tko si onda?” pitali su ga. “Jesi li Ilija?”
“Nisam”, odgovori on.
“Jesi li Prorok?”1:21 Vidjeti: Ponovljeni zakon 18:15, 18.
22“Pa tko si onda? Reci nam da možemo odgovoriti onima koji su nas poslali. Što imaš reći o sebi?”
23On im odgovori:
“Ja sam glas koji viče u pustinji:
‘Pripremite put za Gospodnji dolazak!’
kako je prorokovao Izaija.”
24Izaslanici bijahu farizeji. 25Upitaju ga: “Ako nisi Krist, ni Ilija, ni Prorok, odakle ti pravo da krstiš?”
26“Ja krstim vodom”, rekao im je Ivan, “ali ovdje među vama nalazi se netko koga još niste upoznali. 27On će uskoro započeti svoju službu među vama, a ja mu nisam dostojan ni robom biti.”1:27 U grčkome: odvezati sandale.
28To se dogodilo u Betaniji, s one strane Jordana na kojoj je Ivan krstio narod.
Isus, Jaganjac Božji
29Sutradan Ivan ugleda Isusa kako mu prilazi, pa reče: “Pogledajte! Evo Jaganjca Božjega koji odnosi grijeh svijeta! 30Ovo je taj za kojega sam rekao: ‘Dolazi za mnom čovjek koji je mnogo veći od mene jer je postojao prije mene.’ 31Nisam znao da je on taj, ali ovdje sam i krstim vodom zato da bih ga objavio izraelskom narodu.”
32Zatim Ivan posvjedoči: “Vidio sam Svetog Duha gdje silazi u obliku goluba i ostaje na njemu. 33Nisam znao da je on taj”, ponovi on, “ali kad me je Bog poslao da krstim, rekao mi je: ‘Kad vidiš čovjeka na kojega silazi Sveti Duh i ostaje na njemu—znaj da je to onaj kojega tražiš. To je onaj koji krsti Svetim Duhom.’ 34Vidio sam da se to dogodilo ovomu čovjeku i zato svjedočim da je on Božji Sin.”1:34 U nekim rukopisima: Božji izabranik.
(Mt 4:18-22; Mk 1:16-20; Lk 5:1-11)
35Sutradan je Ivan stajao s dvojicom svojih učenika, 36a Isus je onuda prolazio. Ivan ga ugleda i reče: “Pogledajte! Evo Jaganjca Božjega!” 37Kad su to čula dvojica njegovih učenika, okrenu se i pođu za Isusom.
38Isus 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”, reče im. I tako pođu s njime do mjesta gdje je stanovao i ostanu ondje od četiri sata poslijepodne do večeri.
40Jedan od dvojice koji su čuli što je Ivan rekao i pošli za Isusom bio je Andrija, brat Šimuna Petra. 41Andrija najprije ode potražiti brata i kaza mu: “Našli smo Mesiju (to znači: Krista)!”
42I dovede Petra da upozna Isusa. Isus ga pomnjivo pogleda i reče mu: “Ti si Šimun, Ivanov sin, ali zvat ćeš se Kefa (to znači: Petar1:42 Stijena.)!”
43Sutradan Isus odluči poći u Galileju. Susretne Filipa i reče mu: “Pođi za mnom!” 44Filip bijaše iz Betsaide, iz Petrova i Andrijina rodnoga grada.
45Filip 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”, reče mu Filip.
47Dok 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.”
49Nato 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. 51Gledat ćete, zaista vam kažem, kako se otvara nebo i kako anđeli Božji uzlaze i silaze nad Sinom Čovječjim.”1:51 Vidjeti: Postanak 28:10-17.