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.”
Hann A Ɛwɔ Sum Mu
1Ansa na wɔrebɛbɔ wiase no, na Asɛm no wɔ hɔ dedaw. Na Asɛm no ne Onyankopɔn na ɛwɔ hɔ. Na Asɛm no yɛ Onyankopɔn. 2Mfiase no, na Asɛm no ne Onyankopɔn na ɛwɔ hɔ. 3Ɛnam ne so na wɔbɔɔ ade nyinaa. Wɔankwati no anyɛ biribiara. 4Ne mu na nkwa wɔ; na saa nkwa no na ɛma nnipa hann. 5Hann no hyerɛn wɔ sum mu a sum no ntumi nni hann no so.
6Onyankopɔn somaa ɔbarima bi a wɔfrɛ no Yohane. 7Obedii hann no ho adanse sɛnea ɛbɛma nnipa afa ne so agye hann no adi. 8Ɛnyɛ ɔno ankasa ne hann no, na mmom, ɔbaa se ɔrebedi hann no ho adanse.
9Saa hann yi ne nokware hann a ɛba wiase ma ɛhyerɛn nnipa nyinaa so no. 10Saa bere no na Asɛm no wɔ wiase. Ɛwɔ mu sɛ Onyankopɔn nam ne so na ɔbɔɔ wiase de, nanso ɔbaa wiase no, wiase anhu no. 11Ɔbaa nʼankasa ne man mu, nanso ne manfo annye no anto mu. 12Na wɔn a wogyee no, na wogyee ne din dii no, ɔmaa wɔn tumi ma wɔbɛyɛɛ Onyankopɔn mma 13wɔ honhom fam a emfi onipa anaa ɔhonam fam, na mmom efi Onyankopɔn ankasa.
14Asɛm no bɛyɛɛ onipa ne yɛn bɛtena ma yehuu nʼanuonyam sɛ ɔba koro a ofi Agya no nkyɛn a adom ne nokware ahyɛ no ma.
15Yohane kaa ne ho asɛm se, “Oyi ne nea mekaa ne ho asɛm se, ‘Nea odi mʼakyi reba no yɛ ɔkɛse sen me, efisɛ ɔwɔ hɔ ansa na wɔwoo me no.’ ” 16Ofi ne mmɔborɔhunu a to ntwa da no mu hyira yɛn nyinaa daa daa. 17Onyankopɔn nam Mose so de mmara maa yɛn, nanso ɛnam Yesu Kristo so na yenyaa adom ne nokware. 18Obiara nhuu Onyankopɔn da, gye ne Ba koro no a ɔno nso yɛ Onyankopɔn no, nea ɔwɔ Agya no nkyɛn na wada no adi no.
19Yudafo mpanyin a wɔwɔ Yerusalem somaa asɔfo ne Lewifo kɔɔ Yohane nkyɛn kobisaa no se, “Wone Agyenkwa no ana?” 20Yohane antwentwɛn asɛm no mmuae so. Ɔpaee mu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn prɛko pɛ se, “Ɛnyɛ me ne Agyenkwa no.”
21Wobisaa no se, “Ɛno de, na wone hena, Elia ana?”
Obuaa wɔn se, “Dabi.”
Wobisaa no bio se, “Wone Odiyifo no?”
Ɔsan buaa wɔn se, “Dabi”.
22Wɔsan bisaa no se, “Ɛno de, na wone hena? Ka kyerɛ yɛn na yɛnkɔbɔ wɔn a wɔsomaa yɛn no amanneɛ. Asɛm bɛn na wowɔ ka fa wo ho?”
23Yohane buaa wɔn se, “Mene nne a efi sare so a ɛteɛ mu sɛnea Odiyifo Yesaia hyɛɛ nkɔm se, ‘Munsiesie mo ho mma Awurade ba a ɔbɛba no.’ ”
24Afei wɔn a Farisifo no somaa wɔn no bisaa Yohane bio se, 25“Sɛ ɛnyɛ wo ne Agyenkwa no anaa Elia anaa Odiyifo no a, adɛn nti na wobɔ asu?”
26Yohane nso buae se, “Me de, nsu na mede bɔ asu, nanso obi wɔ mo mfimfini ha a munnim no, 27a ne mpaboa mpo memfata sɛ meworɔw; ɔno na obedi mʼakyi aba.”
28Saa asɛm yi sii Betania a ɛwɔ Asubɔnten Yordan agya, faako a na Yohane rebɔ asu no.
Yohane Di Yesu Ho Adanse
29Ade kyee a Yohane huu Yesu sɛ ɔreba ne nkyɛn no, ɔteɛɛ mu kae se, “Hwɛ, Onyankopɔn Guamma a oyi wiase bɔne kɔ no! 30Oyi ne nea mekaa ne ho asɛm se, ‘Nea odi mʼakyi reba no yɛ ɔkɛse sen me, efisɛ na ɔwɔ hɔ ansa na mereba.’ 31Me de, na minnim no, nanso mede nsu bɛbɔɔ asu sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ na mɛda no adi akyerɛ Israel.”
32Na Yohane dii adanse se, “Mihuu Honhom no sɛ asian aba ne so sɛ aborɔnoma a ɔresian afi ɔsoro. 33Na anka minnim no, nanso bere a Onyankopɔn somaa me se memfa nsu mmɔ asu no, ɔka kyerɛɛ me se, ‘Onipa a wubehu sɛ Honhom no besian aba ne so no, ɔno ne nea worehwɛ nʼanim no. Ɔno na ɔde Honhom Kronkron bɛbɔ asu.’ 34Mahu eyinom nyinaa sɛ aba mu na midi ho adanse sɛ oyi ne Onyankopɔn Ba no.”
Yesu Asuafo A Wodi Kan
35Ade kyee a Yohane ne nʼasuafo no mu baanu gyina baabi no, wohuu sɛ Yesu retwa mu. 36Yohane hwɛɛ no kae se, “Oyi ne Onyankopɔn Guamma no!”
37Asuafo baanu no tee nea ɔkae no, wokodii Yesu akyi. 38Yesu twaa nʼani huu sɛ wodi nʼakyi no, obisaa wɔn se, “Dɛn na morehwehwɛ?”
Wɔn nso bisaa no se, “Rabi” (a ne nkyerɛase ne Kyerɛkyerɛfo), “ɛhe na wote?”
39Obuaa wɔn se, “Mommra mmɛhwɛ.”
Enti wɔne no kɔ kɔhwɛɛ faako a ɔte na wɔne no tenaa hɔ fii awia nnɔnnan kosii anwummere.
40Nnipa baanu a wɔtee Yohane asɛm no nti ɛma wokodii Yesu akyi no mu baako ne Simon Petro nua Andrea. 41Ade a edi kan a Andrea yɛe ne sɛ, ɔkɔhwehwɛɛ ne nua Petro ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Yɛahu Agyenkwa no” (Kristo no). 42Ɔde Petro kɔɔ Yesu nkyɛn.
Yesu hwɛɛ Petro dinn ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Wone Simon, Yohane ba no. Nanso efi nnɛ rekɔ wɔbɛfrɛ wo Kefa” (ɛno ara ne Petro a ne nkyerɛase ne Ɔbotan no).
Yesu Frɛ Filipo Ne Natanael
43Ade kyee no, Yesu yɛɛ nʼadwene sɛ ɔbɛkɔ Galilea. Ohuu Filipo ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Di mʼakyi.”
44Na Filipo nso fi Betsaida a na Petro ne Andrea nso fi no. 45Filipo fii hɔ kɔɔ Natanael nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Yɛahu Agyenkwa no a Mose ne adiyifo no hyɛɛ ne ho nkɔm no. Wɔfrɛ no Yesu. Ɔyɛ Yosef a ofi Nasaret no ba.”
46Natanael bisaa Filipo se, “Ade pa bi betumi afi Nasaret aba?”
Filipo nso ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Bra na bɛhwɛ.”
47Bere a Yesu huu Natanael sɛ ɔreba no, ɔkae se, “Israelni nokwafo ni ampa.”
48Natanael bisaa Yesu se, “Woyɛɛ dɛn huu sɛnea mete?”
Yesu nso buaa no se, “Bere a wowɔ borɔdɔma dua no ase hɔ no na mihuu wo ansa na Filipo rebɛfrɛ wo.”
49Natanael kae se, “Kyerɛkyerɛfo, wone Onyankopɔn Ba no, Israelhene no!”
50Yesu bisaa no se, “Esiane sɛ meka kyerɛɛ wo sɛ mihuu wo wɔ borɔdɔma dua no ase nti na wugye di ana? Wubehu nneɛma akɛse a ɛsen eyinom. 51Mereka nokware akyerɛ mo se, mubehu sɛ ɔsoro abue na Onyankopɔn abɔfo redi aforosian wɔ Onipa Ba no so.”