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.”

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.”