Daily Bible Reading
Today's reading: John 1-3
Look for the promises in God’s word. As you read and find them, write them in your journal along with the scripture reference.
The Prologue to the Gospel
1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God.
2. The Word was with God in the beginning.
3. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.
4. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.
5. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.
6. A man came, sent from God, whose name was John.
7. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that everyone might believe through him.
8. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.
9. The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
10. He was in the world, and the world was created by him, but the world did not recognize him.
11. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him.
12. But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children
13. – children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.
14. Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.
15. John testified about him and shouted out, “This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, because he existed before me.’”
16. For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another.
17. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ.
18. No one has ever seen God. The only one, himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.
The Testimony of John the Baptist
19. Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”
20. He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ!”
21. So they asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No!”
22. Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23. John said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”
24. (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)
25. So they asked John, “Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26. John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize,
27. who is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandal!”
28. These things happened in Bethany across the Jordan River where John was baptizing.
29. On the next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
30. This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is greater than I am, because he existed before me.’
31. I did not recognize him, but I came baptizing with water so that he could be revealed to Israel.”
32. Then John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove from heaven, and it remained on him.
33. And I did not recognize him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
34. I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.”
35. Again the next day John was standing there with two of his disciples.
36. Gazing at Jesus as he walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37. When John’s two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.
38. Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, “What do you want?” So they said to him, “Rabbi” (which is translated Teacher), “where are you staying?”
39. Jesus answered, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.
40. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus.
41. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which is translated Christ).
42. Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
The Calling of More Disciples
43. On the next day Jesus wanted to set out for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
44. (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.)
45. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46. Nathanael replied, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.”
47. Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and exclaimed, “Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”
48. Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49. Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel!”
50. Jesus said to him, “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
51. He continued, “I tell all of you the solemn truth – you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Turning Water into Wine
1. Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,
2. and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
3. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine left.”
4. Jesus replied, “Woman, why are you saying this to me? My time has not yet come.”
5. His mother told the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.”
6. Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
7. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the water jars with water.” So they filled them up to the very top.
8. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward,” and they did.
9. When the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), he called the bridegroom
10. and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the cheaper wine when the guests are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now!”
11. Jesus did this as the first of his miraculous signs, in Cana of Galilee. In this way he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
Cleansing the Temple
12. After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there a few days.
13. Now the Jewish feast of Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14. He found in the temple courts those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables.
15. So he made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple courts, with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
16. To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make my Father’s house a marketplace!”
17. His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will devour me.”
18. So then the Jewish leaders responded, “What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?”
19. Jesus replied, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.”
20. Then the Jewish leaders said to him, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and are you going to raise it up in three days?”
21. But Jesus was speaking about the temple of his body.
22. So after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the saying that Jesus had spoken.
Jesus at the Passover Feast
23. Now while Jesus was in Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover, many people believed in his name because they saw the miraculous signs he was doing.
24. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people.
25. He did not need anyone to testify about man, for he knew what was in man.
Conversation with Nicodemus
1. Now a certain man, a Pharisee named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council,
2. came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.”
3. Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4. Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?”
5. Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’
8. The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9. Nicodemus replied, “How can these things be?”
10. Jesus answered, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things?
11. I tell you the solemn truth, we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony.
12. If I have told you people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
13. No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of Man.
14. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15. so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
16. For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
17. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.
18. The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.
19. Now this is the basis for judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil.
20. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed.
21. But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.
Further Testimony About Jesus by John the Baptist
22. After this, Jesus and his disciples came into Judean territory, and there he spent time with them and was baptizing.
23. John was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming to him and being baptized.
24. (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.)
25. Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew concerning ceremonial washing.
26. So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River, about whom you testified – see, he is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to him!”
27. John replied, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven.
28. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but rather, ‘I have been sent before him.’
29. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete.
30. He must become more important while I become less important.”
31. The one who comes from above is superior to all. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is superior to all.
32. He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
33. The one who has accepted his testimony has confirmed clearly that God is truthful.
34. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit sparingly.
35. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under his authority.
36. The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath remains on him.