New Testament in a year – Day 176

John 1: 1 - 28

(Mt 3.1–12; Mk 1.1–8; Lk 3.1–18)
The Word of Life
1In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2From the very beginning the Word was with God.3Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him.4The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to humanity.5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.
6 God sent his messenger, a man named John,7who came to tell people about the light, so that all should hear the message and believe.8He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light.9This was the real light — the light that comes into the world and shines on everyone.
10The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him.11He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him.12Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God's children.13They did not become God's children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father.
14The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only Son.
15John spoke about him. He cried out, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘He comes after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.’ ”
16Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another.17God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
John the Baptist's Message
19The Jewish authorities in Jerusalem sent some priests and Levites to John, to ask him, “Who are you?”
20John did not refuse to answer, but spoke out openly and clearly, saying: “I am not the Messiah.”
21 “Who are you, then?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”
“No, I am not,” John answered.
“Are you the Prophet?” they asked.
“No,” he replied.
22“Then tell us who you are,” they said. “We have to take an answer back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 John answered by quoting the prophet Isaiah:
“I am ‘the voice of someone shouting in the desert:
Make a straight path for the Lord to travel!’ ”
24The messengers, who had been sent by the Pharisees,25then asked John, “If you are not the Messiah nor Elijah nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?”
26John answered, “I baptize with water, but among you stands the one you do not know.27He is coming after me, but I am not good enough even to untie his sandals.”
28All this happened in Bethany on the east side of the River Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Good News Translation® with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha (Today’s English Version, Second Edition) © 1992 American Bible Society. All rights reserved.