The Spoken Word
1[1-5] The Word was at the beginning of creation, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This same Word was active in the creation with God. Everything was made by the Voice of the Spoken Word; and nothing that was made was made without the Voice of the Spoken Word. Life was in the Spoken Word; and the Life was the Light of humanity. And the Light shown in the darkness; but the darkness didn’t know it.
John’s Witness of the Light
[6-14] There was someone sent from God, whose name was John. And John came to be a witness, to be a truthful witness of the Light, so that all people might believe. John wasn’t the Light, but was sent to be a truthful witness of the Light. This was the True Light, which gives light to everyone that comes into the world. The Spoken Word, who brought the world into being, was in the world, but the world didn’t know it. The Word came into the world, but the world didn’t accept the Spoken Word. But those who accepted the Spoken Word were given the power to become the children of God, that is, all those who believe on the Name of the Spoken Word of God: Who weren’t born by blood relation, nor by physical means, nor by human means, but by God. And the Spoken Word became human, and lived among us, (and we saw the miracle, the miracle of the First and Only One Born of God,) full of grace and truth.
Yeshua, the Christ
[15-18] John gave witness to the Spoken Word, calling out, “This was the One of whom I said, the One coming after me is better than me because this One existed before me. And we’ve all been given grace and more grace from the gifts of this One. Though the Word of God’s Law was given by Moses, the Word of grace and truth came by Yeshua, the Christ. No one has ever seen God; but the First and Only One Born of God, who is in the heart of God, and has told us of God.”
The Voice of One Hollering out in the Countryside
[19-28] And this is what John said, when the Jews sent priests and religious leaders from Jerusalem to ask, “Who are you?” John said, and didn’t deny it; but clearly said, “I am not the Christ.” So they asked John, “Then who are you, Elijah?” But John answered, “I am not.” Then they asked, “Are you the great preacher?” But again, John said, “No.” So they asked again, “Tell us who you are then, so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say of yourself?” Then John said, “’I am the voice of one hollering out in the countryside to get the way ready for Yahweh God, making the way plain’, as the great preacher Isaiah said.” And those who were sent were of the religious leaders. So they asked John, “Why do you baptize then, if you aren’t the Christ, or Elijah, or the great preacher?” And John answered, saying, “I baptize with water: but there stands One among you, whom you don’t know; This is the Christ, who is coming after me, and is better than me, whose shoe laces I am not even worthy to undo.” And this happened in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John Baptizes the Christ
[29-34] The next day John saw Yeshua coming to him, and said, “See, the Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. This is the One of whom I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is better than me and who existed before me.’ But I didn’t know who it was until it was to become plain to Israel, so I came baptizing with water.” Then John said, “I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove, and it rested on Yeshua. And I didn’t know who it would be: but the One who sent Me to baptize with water told me, ‘The One who you see the Spirit coming down and resting on will be the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’And I saw, and say that this is the One Born of God.”
Calling the Disciples – Andrew and Peter
[35-42] Again the next day John was standing with two followers; And looking at Yeshua, who was walking by, said, “See, the Christ, the Lamb of God!” And when the two followers heard John speak, they followed Yeshua. Then Yeshua turned, and seeing them following, asked, “What do you want?” And they asked, “Rabbi,” (which means, Teacher) “where are you staying?” So the Christ answered them, saying, “Come and see.” So they went and saw where the Christ was staying, and stayed there for the rest of the day because it was about four o’clock. And one of the two who heard John speak, and followed along, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, who found his own brother, Simon, first, saying, “We’ve found the Messiah”, (which means, the Christ) and brought him to Yeshua. And when Yeshua saw them, the Christ said, “You’re Simon, the son of Jonas: you’ll be called Peter”, (which means, a rock.)
Calling the Disciples – Philip and Nathanael
[43-51] The next day Yeshua went out into Galilee, and found Philip, saying, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the same city Andrew and Peter were from. Then Philip found Nathanael, and said, “We’ve found the Christ, who Moses and the great preachers wrote about in God’s Law, Yeshua of Nazareth, the Child of Joseph.” And Nathanael said, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” So Philip said, “Come and see.” And seeing Nathanael coming, Yeshua said of him, “See, a true Israelite, who always speaks the truth!” And Nathanael asked, “Where do you know me from?” So Yeshua answered, “I saw you when you were under the fig tree, before Philip found you.” And Nathanael answered, “Teacher, You are the Child of God and the Ruler of Israel.” So Yeshua said, “Just because I said, ‘I saw you under the fig tree’, you believe? You’ll see even greater things than this.” And the Christ said, “The truth is; later you’ll see heaven open, with the angels of God coming down to Me and going back up from Me.”
The First Miracle
2[1-11] On the third day, Yeshua’s mother was at a wedding in Cana of Galilee, in which Yeshua and the followers were also invited. And when they needed more wine, Yeshua’s mother said, “They have no wine.” But Yeshua said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with you and Me? My time isn’t here yet.” So Yeshua’s mother said to the workers, “Whatever Yeshua says to you, do it.” And there were six stone jars sitting there, the kind the Jews use for washing, containing several gallons each. Then Yeshua said, “Fill up the jars with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. And then Yeshua told them, “Dip some out now, and carry it to the host of the celebration.” So they did. And when the host of the celebration had tasted the water that had turned to wine, and didn’t know where it came from: (but the workers which dipped the water knew;) the host of the celebration called the groom, and said, “Everyone sets out the good wine first; and when everyone has drunk well, then they put out what is worse: but you’ve kept the good wine until now.” So what Yeshua did in Cana of Galilee was the first amazing miracle, which made the followers believe that Yeshua was the Christ.
The Angry Christ
[12-17] Later, the Christ, the Christ’s mother and family members, and the followers all went down to Capernaum, where they stayed for several days. And it was the Jews’ Passover, so Yeshua went up to Jerusalem. Then finding sales people and bankers sitting in the place of worship, the Christ braided a whip of small cords, and drove them all out of the place of worship, along with the animals; overthrowing the tables, and dumping out the bankers’ money; and said to those who sold doves, “Take all this out of here; and don’t make My God’s house a place of business.” And the followers remembered that it was written, “The passion of Your house has overcome Me.”
[18-21] Then the Jews asked, “What proof can you show us, seeing what you’ve done?” So Yeshua answered them, saying, “Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I’ll raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It took forty-six years to build this place of worship! Will you rebuild it in three days?” But Yeshua was talking about the sanctuary of the Christ’s body. And when the Christ had come back to life, the followers remembered what Yeshua had said and believed the Writings.
[23-25] Now when they were in Jerusalem at the Passover on the celebration day, many believed in the Name of Yeshua, when they saw all the amazing things which the Christ did. But knowing all people and how they were, Yeshua didn’t trust them, not needing to hear anyone say anything about them.
The New Birth
3[1-13] There was someone named Nicodemus, from the religious leaders, who was a ruler of the Jews: This person came to Yeshua by night, saying, “Teacher, we know that you’re a teacher from God, because no one can do these amazing things that you do, unless God is with them.” And Yeshua answered, “The truth is, unless a person is born anew, they can’t see the realm of God.” So Nicodemus asked, “How can someone be born when they’re old? Can they go into their mother’s womb a second time, and be born anew?” So Yeshua said, “The truth is, unless a person is born of water and of the Spirit, they can’t come into the realm of God. What is born of the body is physical; but what is born of the Spirit is spiritual. So don’t be surprised that I said to you, you must be born anew. The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear the sound of it, but can’t tell where it comes from, or where it goes: Everyone that is born of the Spirit is like this.” So Nicodemus asked, “How is this?” And Yeshua answered, “Can you be a leader of Israel, and not know this? The truth is, we speak about what we know, and tell others about what we’ve seen; and you don’t believe us. If I’ve told you about earthly things, and you don’t believe it, how will you believe what I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven, but the One who came down from heaven, even the very One who is in heaven.
[14-17] And just as Moses lifted up the snake in the countryside, I must also be lifted up, so that whoever believes in Me won’t be destroyed, but will have everlasting life. And God, who loved the world so much, gave us the only One Born of God, that whoever believes in the Christ, wouldn’t be destroyed, but would have everlasting life. But God didn’t send the Christ into the world to judge the world; but that the world might be saved through belief in the Christ.
[18-21] Whoever believes on the Christ isn’t damned: but whoever doesn’t believe is already damned, because they haven’t believed in the Name of the only One Born of God. And this is why they’re damned in judgment; the light has come into the world, but humanity loved darkness instead of light, because their actions were evil. Because everyone that does evil things hates the light, and won’t come into the light, or their actions would be discovered. But whoever does what is true comes into the light, so that it is clear to all that their actions have been done in God.”
Jews Question John about Jesus
[22-36] Later, Yeshua came with the followers into the land of Judea, staying there with them, and baptized. And John was also baptizing in Aenon, near Salem, because there was a lot of water there. So they came, and were baptized, because John hadn’t been put in jail, yet. Then a question came up between some of John’s followers and the Jews about baptism. And they came to John, saying, “Teacher, everyone is going to be baptized by the One who was with you at the Jordan, the One who you told us about.” So John answered, “No one can have anything, unless it’s given to them from heaven. You yourselves know that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I have been sent before the Christ. The One who is getting married gets the spouse: but the best friend, which stands by, celebrates greatly because of the voice of the One who marries: so my joy is complete. The Christ must become more important, but I must become less important. The One who comes from above is above all: and the one who is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of earthly things: but the One who comes from heaven is above all. And tells us what has been seen and heard by that One; but no one believes it. But whoever believes what the Christ says, knows that God is true. The One whom God has sent speaks the Words of God because God has given the Spirit in full to the Christ. Yahweh loves Yeshua, and has given everything into the Christ’s hand. Whoever believes on Yeshua, the Christ, has everlasting life: and whoever doesn’t believe in the Christ won’t see life; but the judgment of God is on them.”