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Christ Comes to the World
1 1Before the world began, the Word* was there. The Word was there with God. The
Word was God. 2He was there with God in the beginning. 3All things were made through
him (the Word). Nothing was made without him. 4In him there was life. That life
was light (understanding, goodness) for the people of the world. 5The Light shines
in the darkness. The darkness has not defeated* the Light. 6There was a man named
John.* He was sent by God. 7John came to tell people about the Light (Christ). Through
John all people could [hear about the Light and] believe. 8John was not the Light.
But John came to tell people about the Light. 9The true Light was coming into the
world. This is the true Light that gives light to all people. 10The Word* was already
in the world. The world was made through him. But the world (people) did not know
him. 11He came to the world that was his own. But his own people did not accept
him. 12Some people did accept him. They believed in him. He gave something to those
people who believed. He gave them the right to become children of God. 13These children
were not born like little babies are born. They were not born from the wish or plan
of a [mother and] father. These children were born from God. 14The Word* became
a man and lived among us. We saw his glory--the glory that belongs to the only Son
of the Father. The Word was full of grace (kindness) and truth. 15John told people
about him. John said, "This is the One I was talking about. I said, 'The One who
comes after me is more important than I am. He was living before me.'" 16The Word*
(Christ) was full of grace and truth. From him we all received more and more blessings.
17The law was given through Moses. But grace and [the way of] truth came through
Jesus Christ. 18No man has ever seen God. But the only Son (Jesus) is God. He is
very close to the Father* (God). And the Son has shown us what God is like.
John Tells People About Jesus
(Mt. 3:1-12; Mk. 1:2-8; Lk. 3:15-17)
19The Jews in Jerusalem sent some priests and Levites* to John.* The Jews sent them
to ask, "Who are you?" 20John spoke freely. John did not refuse to answer. John
said clearly, "I am not the Christ.* " That is what John told people. 21The Jews
asked John, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah* ?" John answered, "No, I am not
Elijah." The Jews asked, "Are you the Prophet* ?" John answered, "No, I am not the
Prophet." 22Then the Jews said, "Who are you? Tell us about yourself. Give us an
answer to tell the people who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" 23John
told them the words of the prophet* Isaiah: "I am the voice of a person shouting
in the desert: 'Make a straight road ready for the Lord.'"
24These Jews were sent from the Pharisees.* 25These men said to John: "You say you
are not the Christ.* You say you are not Elijah* or the Prophet.* Then why do you
baptize* people?" 26John answered, "I baptize* people with water. But there is a
person here with you that you don't know. 27That person is the One who comes after
me. I am not good enough to untie the strings on his shoes." 28These things all
happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River. This is where John was
baptizing* people. 29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, "Look,
the Lamb of God.* He takes away the sins of the world! 30This is the One I was talking
about. I said, 'A man will come after me, but he is greater than I am, because he
was living before me--[he has always lived].' 31Even I did not know who he was.
But I came baptizing* people with water so that Israel (the Jews) could know that
Jesus is [the Christ]* ." 32-33Then John said, "I also did not know who the Christ
was. But God sent me to baptize* people with water. And God told me, 'You will see
the Spirit.* come down and rest on a man. That man is the One who will baptize with
the Holy Spirit.* '" John said, "I have seen this happen. I saw the Spirit come
down from heaven. The Spirit looked like a dove and sat on him (Jesus). 34So this
is what I tell people: 'He (Jesus) is the Son of God.'"
Footnotes: Word The Greek word is "logos," meaning any kind of communication. It
could be translated "message." Here, it means Christ--the way God told people about
himself. defeated Or, "understood." John John the Baptizer, the man that told people
about Christ's coming (Read Mt. 3; Lk. 3). But the only Son ... Father Or, "But
the only God is very close to the Father." Some Greek copies say, "But the only
Son is very close to the Father." Levites Levites were men from the family group
of Levi who helped the Jewish priests in the temple. John John the Baptizer, the
man that told people about Christ's coming (Read Mt. 3; Lk. 3). Christ The "anointed
one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. Elijah A man that spoke for God about 850 B.C.
The Jews thought Elijah would come before the Messiah. See Mal. 4:5-6. Prophet This
probably meant the prophet that God told Moses he would send (Deut. 18:15-19). prophets
People that spoke for God. Some of them wrote books that are part of the Old Testament.
Pharisees The Pharisees were a Jewish religious group that claimed to follow carefully
all Jewish laws and customs. baptize(d), baptizing Greek word meaning to immerse,
dip, or bury a person or thing briefly under water. Lamb of God Name for Jesus.
It means that Jesus is like the lambs that were offered for a sacrifice to God.
Spirit, Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the
Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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