New International Reader's Version

John 1

The Word Became a Human Being

1In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people. The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not overcome the light.

There was a man sent from God. His name was John. He came to be a witness about that light. He was a witness so that all people might believe. John himself was not the light. He came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 The Word was in the world. And the world was made through him. But the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to what was his own. But his own people did not accept him. 12 Some people did accept him and did believe in his name. He gave them the right to become children of God. 13 To 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.

14 The 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.

15 John 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.’ ” 16 God is full of grace. From him we have all received grace in place of the grace already given. 17 In the past, God gave us grace through the law of Moses. Now, grace and truth come to us through Jesus Christ. 18 No 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

19 The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask John who he was. John spoke the truth to them. 20 He did not try to hide the truth. He spoke to them openly. He said, “I am not the Messiah.”

21 They 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.

22 They 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?”

23 John 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)

24 The Pharisees who had been sent 25 asked 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. 27 He is the one who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie his sandals.”

28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River. That was where John was baptizing.

What John Says About Jesus

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God! He takes away the sin of the world! 30 This 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.’ 31 I 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.”

32 Then John told them, “I saw the Holy Spirit come down from heaven like a dove. The Spirit remained on Jesus. 33 I 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.’ 34 I have seen it happen. I am a witness that this is God’s Chosen One.”

John’s Disciples Follow Jesus

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 He saw Jesus walking by. John said, “Look! The Lamb of God!”

37 The two disciples heard him say this. So they followed Jesus. 38 Then 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.

40 Andrew was Simon Peter’s brother. Andrew was one of the two disciples who heard what John had said. He had also followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon. He told him, “We have found the Messiah.” Messiah means Christ. 42 And 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

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”

44 Philip was from the town of Bethsaida. So were Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip 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.

47 Jesus 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.”

49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the king of Israel.”

50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 Then 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.”

O Livro

João 1

Cristo, a Palavra eterna

1No princípio era a Palavra, e a Palavra estava com Deus, e a Palavra era Deus. Aquele que é a Palavra sempre esteve com Deus. Criou tudo o que existe e nada existe que não tenha sido feito por ele. Nele está a vida eterna, e essa vida dá luz a toda a humanidade. A sua vida é a luz que brilha nas trevas, e estas nunca poderão pôr fim a essa luz.

6/7 Deus enviou João Baptista para dar testemunho da verdadeira luz. João não era a luz, mas apenas uma testemunha para que essa luz pudesse ser conhecida.

Mais tarde, veio aquele que é a verdadeira luz para brilhar sobre todo o ser humano.

10 Esteve neste mundo, que foi criado por ele, mas não o conheceram. 11 Veio para o seu povo e os seus não o receberam. 12 Mas a todos quantos o receberam deu­lhes o direito de se tornarem filhos de Deus. Bastava confiarem nele como Salvador. 13 Esses nascem de novo; não no corpo nem de geração humana, mas pela vontade de Deus.

14 A Palavra tornou­se homem e viveu aqui na Terra entre nós, cheio de amor e perdão, cheio de verdade. E vimos a sua glória, a glória do Filho único do Pai.

15 João deu testemunho dele clamando à multidão: “Eis aquele de quem eu falava quando disse: ‘Esse que vem depois de mim é muito maior do que eu, porque existia antes de mim’.”

16/17 Todos nós recebemos da abundância dos seus bens, e a sua graça contínua. Moisés deu­nos a lei, mas Jesus Cristo trouxe­nos a graça e a verdade. 18 Nunca ninguém viu Deus. Mas o seu Filho único, que vive na intimidade do Pai, no­lo revelou.

João Baptista nega ser o Cristo

19 Os chefes judaicos enviaram sacerdotes e sacerdotes auxiliares desde Jerusalém para perguntarem a João: “Quem és tu?” 20 E ele afirmou­lhes claramente:

“Eu não sou o Cristo.”

21 “Então quem és tu?”, repetiram. “Serás Elias?”

“Não”, respondeu.

“Serás o profeta?”

“Não.”

22 “Então quem és? É preciso que nos digas para que possamos responder aos que nos enviaram. Que tens a dizer de ti mesmo?”

23 João respondeu: “Sou, como anunciou Isaías,

    ‘Uma voz vinda do deserto e que grita:
    Preparem­se para a vinda do Senhor!’”

24/25 Então os enviados, que eram fariseus, perguntaram a João Baptista: “Se não és o Cristo, nem Elias, nem o profeta, porque baptizas tu?”

26/27 “Eu baptizo com água, mas aqui nesta multidão está alguém que não conhecem, e que em breve começará a sua obra no vosso meio; eu nem sequer sou digno de lhe descalçar o calçado.” 28 Deu­se isto em Betânia, uma localidade do outro lado do Jordão, onde João baptizava.

Jesus o Cordeiro de Deus

29/31 No dia seguinte, João viu Jesus aproximar­se e disse: “Olhem, ali está o cordeiro de Deus, que tira o pecado do mundo. É ele de quem eu falava quando disse: ‘Em breve virá um muito maior do que eu e que já existia antes de mim’. Eu não sabia que era ele, mas eu tenho estado a baptizar com água a fim de o revelar ao povo de Israel.”

32 Então João contou como vira o Espírito Santo descer do céu com a forma de uma pomba e pousar sobre Jesus. 33/34 “Não sabia que era ele”, repetiu João, “mas, quando Deus me enviou para baptizar, disse­me: ‘Quando vires o Espírito Santo descer e pousar sobre alguém, esse é aquele que baptizará com o Espírito Santo.’ Vi isso acontecer e dou testemunho de que é o Filho de Deus.”

Os primeiros discípulos de Jesus

35/36 No dia seguinte, estando João com dois dos seus discípulos, Jesus passou junto deles. João disse: “Aqui está o cordeiro de Deus!” 37 Então os dois discípulos de João voltaram­se e seguiram Jesus.

38 Olhando para trás, Jesus viu que eles o seguiam: “Que querem?”, perguntou­lhes.

“Senhor, onde vives?”

39 “Venham ver”. Assim, foram até ao lugar onde morava, e com ele ficaram desde cerca das quatro daquela tarde até ao fim do dia.

40 Um destes homens era André, irmão de Simão Pedro. 41 Então André foi à procura de seu irmão Pedro e disse­lhe: “Encontrámos o Messias!” (quer dizer o Cristo).

42 E levou­o para que conhecesse Jesus. Este olhou para Pedro durante um instante e disse: “Tu és Simão, filho de João, mas serás chamado Cefas (que quer dizer Pedro).”

Jesus chama Filipe e Natanael

43 Um dia depois, Jesus resolveu ir para a Galileia e, encontrando Filipe, disse­lhe: “Vem comigo.” 44 Filipe era de Betsaida, a terra natal de André e de Pedro.

45 Filipe, por sua vez, foi ter com Natanael e contou­lhe: “Encontrámos aquele acerca de quem Moisés e os profetas escreveram! O seu nome é Jesus, filho de José, de Nazaré.”

46 “De Nazaré?”, perguntou Natanael admirado. “Poderá vir daí alguma coisa boa?”

“Vem e vê!”, disse Filipe.

47 Ao aproximarem­se, Jesus disse: “Aí vem um homem honesto, um verdadeiro filho de Israel.”

48 “Como sabes o que sou?”, perguntou Natanael.

Jesus respondeu: “Vi­te debaixo da figueira, ainda antes de Filipe te ter encontrado.”

49 Então Natanael replicou: “Mestre, tu és o Filho de Deus, o rei de Israel!”

50 Jesus perguntou­lhe: “Acreditas nisso só por eu te dizer que te tinha visto debaixo da figueira? Terás provas muito mais fortes do que esta. 51 A verdade é que vocês hão­de ver o céu aberto e os anjos de Deus indo e vindo sobre mim, o Filho do Homem.”