AT THE VERY START…

There was the Word who was with God. In fact, the Word was God. All things were made through Him. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men, but the darkness didn’t grasp it. 

He came to the place that belonged to Him, but His own people didn’t receive Him. As many as received Him,   

To them, He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

And the Word became flesh and lived with us for a while, and we witnessed His glory, the glory you’d expect from the unique One from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Now this is the testimony of John the Baptist. In Bethany, where John was baptizing, John saw Jesus, and said, “Look there! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is the Son of God.” 

Two of his disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned around, saw them, and said, “What are you looking for?”

They said to Him, “Teacher, where are You staying?”

He said, “Come and see.” So they spent the day with Him. 

One of them was Andrew. He found his brother Simon, and said, “We’ve found the Anointed One,” and he brought him to Jesus.

Philip found Nathanael and said, “We’ve found the one Moses wrote about. Come and see.” 

Jesus saw Nathanael coming and said, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip came and got you.”

Nathanael answered, “Rabbi, You’re the Son of God! You’re the King of Israel!”

Jesus said, “You believe because of what I said? You’ll see even bigger stuff. You’ll see heaven open, and God’s angels going up and coming down on the Son of Man.”

A few days later, there was a marriage in Cana. Jesus, His mother, and His disciples were there. When the wine ran out, Jesus said to the servants, “Fill up the water pots with water.” They filled them. “Now draw some out.”  The master of ceremonies tasted the water which had become wine, and didn’t know where it came from. He said to the groom,  “You have kept the good wine until now!” 

This was the beginning of His miraculous signs, which Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. He let  His glory be seen; and His disciples believed in Him.

Then Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the temple He found folks who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, and money exchangers. He threw all of them out, and poured out the exchangers’ money, He said, “Don’t make My Dad’s house a store!” 

The Judeans answered Him, “What sign can You do to prove You have the right?” 

Jesus answered, “Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I’ll raise it up.” When He said ‘sanctuary,’ He was talking about His body. Later, when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered what He had said, and they believed the Scripture and Jesus’ words.

While He was there a bunch of people believed in His name, because they saw the signs He was doing. 

But Jesus didn’t befriend them, because He knew what man was incapable of.

Speaking of men, there was one at that time named Nicodemus, one of the Judean leaders. He paid Jesus a night-time visit.

He said, “We know You’ve come from God as a teacher. No one can do these kinds of signs, unless God is with Him.”

Jesus answered him, “Unless a person is born from above, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can an old man be born again? You’re not suggesting he crawl back into his mother’s womb, are You?” Jesus answered him, “Unless one is born from above by the Spirit, he cannot enter God’s Kingdom.”

“This is how God loved the world: He gave His One and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him won’t perish, but will have everlasting life.”

“God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. He who believes in Him isn’t judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.”

Meanwhile, John was baptizing near Salem. John’s disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the guy with you on the other side of the Jordan; You know, the One you announced,  everyone is going to Him.”

John answered, “You know I said, ‘I am not the Anointed One,’ but, ‘I’m the guy that comes before Him.’ He must increase, but I must decrease. The Father loves the Son, and has put everything in His hand. The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who doesn’t believe the Son won’t see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

After that He left Judea, and came to a city of Samaria. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus sat down by the well. A woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 

The woman said, “A drink?” 

Jesus answered, “If you knew about God’s gift, and who the guy is who’s asking for a drink, you would’ve asked Him, and He would’ve given you living water.”

“So where do You get that living water?”

Jesus answered her, “Whoever drinks some of this water is going to get thirsty again,”

“Whoever drinks the water that I’ll give will never thirst again; but the water I’ll give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.

The woman said to Him, “I’ll take some, so I won’t get thirsty.”

Jesus said, “Go, call your husband, and come back.”

“I don’t have a husband.”

Jesus said, “That’s right. You’ve had five, and the one you have now is not your husband.”

The woman said to Him, “You’re a prophet. I know that the Anointed One is coming, He’s  going to tell us everything.”

 Jesus said, “I am He, the one talking with you.”

So the woman went away into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see this guy who told me everything I’ve done. Is it possible that He’s  the Anointed One?” 

They went out of the city, and were coming down to Him.  Jesus said to His disciples, “Look up there. The fields are ready to be harvested.”

When the Samaritans came to Him, they begged Him to stay. He stayed there two days. Many more believed because of His word. They said, 

“Now we believe this is for real. He’s the Anointed One, the Savior of the world.”

After two days, Jesus headed to Cana, where He had made wine. A nobleman whose son was sick came from Capernaum and said to Him, “Sir, please come quick. My kid is going to die soon.” 

Jesus said to him, “Go your way. Your son lives.” The man believed and left. As he was on the way, his servants met him and reported, “Your son lives. Yesterday at one o’clock, the fever left him.” That was the same time Jesus said, “Your son lives.” 

The nobleman believed, as did his whole house.

After that, Jesus went to Jerusalem. There’s a pool, which is called ‘Bethesda.’ A man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years. 

Jesus said, “Stand up, grab your mat, and walk.”

That instant, the man was made well, picked up his mat, and walked.

So the Judean leaders said to the cured man, “It’s the Sabbath. It’s against the law to carry your mat.”

He answered them, “The guy that made me well said, ‘Grab your mat and walk.’”

“Who said, ‘Grab your mat’?” The man didn’t know because Jesus had slipped away. A little later Jesus found him in the temple. The man told the Judeans that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Because of all this the Judean leaders decided to kill Jesus, because He did it on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is busy working, so I’m going to keep working, too.” They schemed all the more to kill Him, not just because of the Sabbath, but also because He called God His own Father, which would make Him equal with God. 

Jesus answered them, “In the same way that the Father raises the dead and gives them life, the Son also gives life to whomever He wants.”

“He who hears My word, and believes Him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn’t come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

“The dead will hear the Son of God’s voice; and those who hear will live. If it were just Me talking about Myself, My witness wouldn’t be valid. John, announced the truth about Me. The works the Father gave Me to do prove I’m the real thing. The Father Himself has testified about Me. The Scriptures testify about Me.”

“Even still, you won’t come to Me, so that you may have life. If you believed Moses, you would believe Me; because he wrote about Me. But if you don’t believe his writings, how are you going to believe My words?”

After that, Jesus went to the other side of the sea of Galilee. A huge crowd followed Him. Jesus said to Philip, “Where might we buy bread to feed all these folks?” He said it to test him.

One of His disciples said, “There is a boy who has five loaves and two little fish. But it’s not nearly enough.”

Jesus said, “Have them all sit down.” There were about five thousand men. Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, broke them, and  handed them out. Those who were sitting got as much as they wanted. 

When the people saw the sign, they said, “This has got to be the Prophet who comes into the world.” 

Jesus knew that some were about to come, take Him, and try to force Him to be their king. So He hiked up the mountain.

When evening came, His disciples got into the boat, and were going across the sea. When they had rowed about five or six kilometers they saw Jesus walking on the water. They let Him into the boat. Immediately the boat was at the land where they were headed. 

When the crowd saw that Jesus wasn’t there, they got into boats and came looking for Him. 

Jesus said to them, “You’re looking for Me because you ate the bread and got full bellies, not because you saw the signs. Don’t work for perishable food, but for the food that won’t spoil even into eternal life.”

They said, “How would we work the works of God?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is that you believe in the One He’s sent.”

They said, “What sign can You perform. We need to see, then we’ll believe You.”

Jesus said to them, ”My Father gives you Bread who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.”

They said, “Give us this bread.”

Jesus said, “I am the Bread that gives life. He who comes to Me will not ever be hungry;” 

“He who believes in Me will not ever be thirsty. And the one who comes to Me I will not ever cast out.”

“This is the Father’s will: that I not lose a single one of the ones He’s  given Me. I will resurrect them on the last day. This is His will:”

“That everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him will have everlasting life. And I will resurrect him on the last day.”

They grumbled, because He said, “I am the Bread from heaven.” They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph? How then does He say, ‘I’ve come down out of heaven’?” Jesus answered: 

“He who believes in Me has
eternal life.

After that, a lot of His disciples left and abandoned Him. He had a talk with the twelve and said to them, “You don’t also want to go away, do you?”

Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom would we go? 

“You have the words of eternal life. We’ve come to believe and know that You’re the Anointed One, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus answered them, “I picked you, the twelve, but one of you is a devil.” He was talking about Judas.

For a while after Passover Jesus didn’t do public appearances in Judea, because the Judean leaders were trying to figure out a way to kill Him. Now the Feast of Booths, was about to happen. He went up secretly. When it was the middle of the feast, Jesus went into the temple and taught. The chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest Him.

Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from inside him will flow rivers of living water.”

When they heard it, many from the crowd said, “This has got to be the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Anointed One, for sure.” But some said, “What? Can the Anointed One be from Galilee?”

The crowd was divided because of Him. Some of them would have arrested Him, but no one laid hands on Him. The officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring Him?”

The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this guy!”

The Pharisees answered them, “You aren’t also led astray, are you?”

So each one departed to his own home. Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now at daybreak Jesus went back to the temple courtyard, and the whole nation was coming to Him. So He sat down and taught them.

Then scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery. They forced her to stand in the middle of the crowd and they told Him, “Teacher, we found this lady in the very act of adultery. Now in our law Moses commanded stoning such women. So what do You say about her?” 

He told them, “Let the one who doesn’t sin throw a stone at her first!” Now those who heard left one by one. After a while it was only Jesus and the woman left standing in the crowd. 

Jesus said, “Ma’am, did no one condemn you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.” 

Jesus told her, “I don’t either. Go. But, it’s time to give up this sin.”

So Jesus spoke up again, “I am the world’s light. The one that follows Me won’t walk in the dark; he will have light for his life.” 

Then Pharisees told Him, “Your testimony isn’t valid.” 

Jesus replied, “My judgment is true, for I am not alone.”

“Unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

They said, “You’re Who?” 

Jesus told them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He.” 

While saying these things many believed in Him. 

So Jesus told those who had believed Him, “If you remain in My word, you really are My disciples. And you’ll know the truth, and the truth will free you.”

“We’re Abraham’s children,” the leaders replied, “We’ve never been slaves.”

Jesus answered them, “Everyone who sins is a slave of sin. If the Son were to free you, you will truly be free. I speak what I have seen from My Father, and you do what you have seen from your father.”

They said, “We have one Father. It’s God.”

Jesus told them, “The Devil is your dad. He’s a murderer and the father of lies. I speak the truth; you don’t believe Me. Thus you’re not from God.” 

They said to Him, “You’re demon possessed!”

Jesus answered, “I have no demon, but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. If anyone does what I say, he’ll never see death, even into eternity.”

They replied, “Demoniac! Abraham died. You’re not greater than Abraham, who died, are You?”

Jesus answered, “Your father Abraham rejoiced because he could see My day. He saw it and celebrated.”

The Judean leaders said, “You’re not even fifty. You think You’ve seen Abraham?”

Jesus said to them, “Before Abraham came to be, I am!” 

They picked up stones, to kill Him by stoning. But Jesus evaded them and left. 

Now while evading them, He saw a guy who had been blind since the day of his birth. Jesus spat on the ground, made clay from the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyelids. So He told him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” So he went, washed, and returned able to see.

Then the neighbors said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”

He said, “A man called Jesus put mud on my eyelids, and I got my sight!”

Some brought him to the Pharisees. Now it was the Sabbath when Jesus made clay and gave him sight. 

So he told them, “He put clay on my eyes, I washed, and I see.”

The Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, because He doesn’t follow the Sabbath rules.” 

Others were saying, “How can a sinful man do such signs?” So there was division. Some questioned him with, “What do you say about Him?” 

So he said, “He’s a prophet.” 

The leaders had already agreed that anyone who called Jesus the Anointed One, would be banned from going to synagogue. 

They told him, “Swear to God. We know that this guy is a sinner!”

So he answered and said, “I don’t know if He’s a sinner. One thing I do know: I was blind and now I see!”

They said, “What did He do to you? How did He give you sight?”

He answered them, “Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become His disciples too?”

They verbally abused him, saying, “You’re His disciple. We’re Moses’ disciples.”

The man told them, “Opening the eyes of one born blind has never been heard of, has it? Unless this man were from God, He could not do anything.”

They retorted, “On the day of your birth you were already drowning in sin— Don’t lecture us!” So they banned him from going to synagogue. 

Jesus heard about this. When He found him He asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

He said, “Who is He, Lord, so that I can believe in Him?”

Then Jesus said to him, “You’ve seen Him. In fact, you’re talking to Him now.”

So he said, “I believe, Lord!” And he worshiped Him.

Later at Hanukkah Jesus was walking in the temple. The Judean leaders surrounded Him and said, “If You’re the Anointed One, tell us so openly.”

Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. The works I do tell the truth about Me. But since you’re not part of My sheep herd, you don’t believe. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

“I give them everlasting life, and they will never ever perish, and no one will snatch them from My hand.”

“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. We, I and the Father, are one.”  The Judean leaders again picked up stones so they might stone Him.

Jesus answered, “I’ve showed you a bunch of good works from My Dad. You’re stoning Me for which one?”

The Judean leaders answered Him, saying, “We’re not stoning You for a good work, but for saying evil things about God. You’re a mere man, but You claim that You’re God.”

Jesus answered, “If I don’t do My Father’s works, don’t believe Me. But if I do, believe the works; believe that the Father is in Me and I am in Him.” Because of this they doubled their efforts to arrest Him, but He escaped out of their grasp. 

So He departed again across the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and He remained there. And many came to Him and were saying, “John didn’t do a single sign, but everything that John said about this guy was true.” 

So many there believed in Him. 

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 

Jesus told the disciples, “Let’s go to Judea again.”

The disciples said, “Teacher, Just the other day the Judeans were trying to kill You. Seriously, are You about to go back there?”

Jesus answered “Our friend Lazarus died, and I’m glad for your sake that I wasn’t there, so you can believe. Let’s go to him.”

Then Thomas said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go too, so that way we can die with Him.”

When He got there, Jesus found Lazarus already had been in his grave four days. Martha met Him. She told Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” 

Jesus said to her: 

“I am the Resurrection and I am the Life. He who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never ever die.”

“Do you believe this?” 

She told Him:

“Yes, Lord, I have already believed that You’re the Anointed One, the Son of God, the One coming into the world.”

She called her sister Mary, “The Teacher is here and is calling you!” 

When Mary came, she fell at His feet and told Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died!” He groaned and was troubled. Jesus wept.

He was groaning as He came to the grave. Now it was a cave, and a stone was covering the opening. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” 

So they removed the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, thank You that You always hear Me. I’m saying this so they can believe that You have sent Me.” And after saying that, He shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 

So the dead guy came out alive.

Then many believed in Him. 

But some went away to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

The chief priests and the Pharisees called together the court and said, “If we let Him continue, everyone will believe in Him! Then the Romans will come and take away our position and the nation from us.”

But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, told them, “It benefits us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should be destroyed.” 

Jesus was about to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also so He might gather the dispersed children of God into one flock. So from that day on they conspired to kill Him.

Thus Jesus no longer walked openly among the Judeans, but departed from there to the countryside near the desert, to a city called Ephraim. And He stayed there with His disciples.  People were still looking for Him.  

Both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given an order that— if anyone knew where He was he should report it— so they might arrest Him. 

Later on a large crowd that had come to the feast (when they heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem) took palm branches and went out to meet Him. And they were shouting, “Save us now, Lord! ‘May the One who comes in the name of the Lord be blessed,’ He’s the King of Israel!”  

 So the crowd— that had been with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb— kept spreading the news about Him. However, the Pharisees said to one another, “Look, the world has gone after Him!”

Jesus said to the people who were nearby, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. What’s about to happen is My purpose for coming. If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to Myself.” Now He said this, explaining what kind of death He was about to die.

The crowd answered Him, “We have heard from the Law that the Anointed One remains forever— so what do You mean, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”

Jesus told them, “The light is with you a little bit longer.”

“Believe in the light while you still have it, so you can become sons of light.” 

Jesus said all this, left, and made Himself unavailable to the crowds. Despite having done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him.

However, even many of the rulers and many others did believe in Him, but because of the Pharisees, they were not confessing Him. 

They didn’t want to be banned from going the synagogues. For they loved glory from men more than the glory from God.

But Jesus cried out and said, “One who believes in Me, believes not in Me, but also in Him who sent Me. And the one who sees Me also sees Him who sent Me. Anyone who hears My words and does not believe rejects Me: the word which I have spoken will judge him on the last day. As the Father has told Me, thus I speak.” 

At the Feast of Passover, Jesus got up from the meal and began washing the disciples feet. Then He came to Peter who said, “Lord, You shall never wash my feet, not ever!” 

Jesus answered him, “I have to. Otherwise, you won’t be able to play a role with Me.”

Peter said to Him, “Lord, not just my feet, then. Do my hands and my head too!”

Jesus told him, “One who’s bathed doesn’t need all that, he just needs his feet washed, because he’s completely clean. And you guys are clean, though not everyone is.” He knew the one who would betray Him.”

So when He had washed their feet, reclining again, He said to them, “Do you know what I’ve done for you? If I, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash each others’ feet.”

Troubled in spirit, Jesus continued speaking, “One of you will betray Me!” Then the disciples were bewildered and were glancing at each other. The disciple Jesus loved was reclining on Jesus’ right. 

Leaning back toward Jesus’ chest, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “He’s the one I’ll give a piece of bread to after dipping it.” He gave it to Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son. So after the piece of bread Satan entered Judas. Then Jesus told him, “What you do, do quickly!”  He went out right away into the night.

When he left,  Jesus said, “As I told the Judeans, ‘Where I’m going you can’t come,’ so now I tell you, love each other the same way I loved you.  That’s how everyone will know you’re My disciples.” 

Peter said, “Lord, where are You going?” 

Jesus answered him, “Where I’m going you can’t follow now; but later you’ll follow Me.”

Peter said, “Lord, why can’t I follow You now? I’ll die for You!”

Jesus answered him, “Will you die for Me? A rooster won’t crow before you’ve denied Me three times!” 

“Don’t let your heart be troubled. In My Dad’s house are lots of places to live. I’m going there to get a place ready for you. I’ll come back and bring you to Me, so where I am you’ll be too. And you know where I’m going and you know the way.”

Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where You’re going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus told him:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Philip said to Him, “Lord, let us see the Father, and that’s enough for us.”

Jesus answered, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father. Also, I’ll ask the Father, and He’ll give you another Helper, the Spirit of truth; He’ll remain with you forever. I’m not leaving you as orphans; I’m coming to you.”

Jude said to Him, “Lord, what has happened that You’re about to show Yourself to us and not to the world?”

Jesus said, “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and remind you of all the stuff I’ve told you.

“I’m leaving you with peace; it’s My peace I’m giving you. I don’t have time to tell you much more, because the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing on Me!  Come on, let’s get out of here.”

Along the way He said, “If the world hates you, remember it hated Me first. I have chosen you out of the world. That’s why the world hates you. If they persecuted Me, they’ll persecute you too. However, when the Helper comes, the Spirit of truth, He will testify about Me. And you guys will testify, because you’ve been with Me from the beginning.”

“In a little bit you won’t see Me; and then a little bit more and you’ll see Me.”

Some of His disciples said, “We don’t understand!”

Jesus said to them, “You have grief now. But I’ll see you again; then your heart will celebrate and no one will take your joy away. I’ve spoken to you in figures of speech. But a time is coming when I’ll explain clearly about the Father. The Father Himself loves you, because you’ve loved Me and you’ve believed that I came from God. Again, I’m leaving the world and going to the Father.”

His disciples told Him, “See, now You’re speaking clearly, and not using figures of speech! Now we know that You know everything and You don’t need anyone to question You.” 

“That’s why we believe that You came from God.”

Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? Look, a time is coming, really the time is here, that you’ll be scattered— and you will abandon Me. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. In this world you’ll have terrible pain. But be courageous! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus said all of this, looked up to heaven, and said: “Father, the time has come! Glorify Your Son, so Your Son also may glorify You. As You gave Him authority over all flesh, so He’ll give everyone You’ve given Him everlasting life. I have completed the work You’ve given Me. Glorify Me— along with Yourself— with the glory We shared before the world existed.”

“I’ve manifested Your name to the men You’ve given Me. The words You’ve given Me, I’ve given them.” 

“They’ve received them and believed You sent Me.”

“I ask for them. Holy Father, keep them by Your name so they may be one as We are. While I was in the world, I guarded them. I don’t ask that You take them out of the world, but that You protect them from the evil one. As You sent Me into the world, I’ve also sent them into the world.”

“I ask not only for these, but also for those believing in Me through their message; that they all may be one; so the world may believe that You sent Me.

“Father, I want those You’ve given Me to be with Me where I am, so they may see My glory which You’ve given Me; because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”

Jesus and His disciples went out across the Kedron ravine, where a garden was.  Judas, the betrayer, also knew the place.  So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers. Jesus said to them, “Who are you looking for?”

They answered, “Jesus the Nazarene.” 

Jesus told them, “I am the One.” When He told them, they fell to the ground. Jesus said, “I told you that I am the One.” Then the detachment arrested Jesus and bound Him. And they led Him away.

He entered the high priest’s courtyard. Simon Peter and the other disciple were following Jesus. Then the servant-girl keeping the door said to Peter, “You’re not one of His disciples also, are you?” 

He said, “I’m not!”

So a chief priest interrogated Jesus about His disciples and about His teaching and then sent Him bound to the high priest. Now Peter was standing and warming himself by a fire. So people said to him, “You’re not one of His disciples also, are you?” 

He denied it and said, “I’m not!”

One of the high priest’s servants said, “Didn’t I see you with Him in the garden?” Then Peter again denied it and immediately a rooster crowed.  

Then they took Jesus into the Roman headquarters, and it was early morning. The Roman governor, Pilate, came outside and said, “Take Him and judge Him by your own law.” 

The Judean leaders said, “Rome doesn’t allow us to execute anyone.” 

Then Pilate entered the headquarters, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Judeans?”

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not based in this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would have fought, but My kingdom is not based here.”

Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You a king?” 

Jesus answered, “You say that I’m a king. It’s why I was born, and why I’ve come into the world— to tell the truth. Everyone who aligns with the truth listens to My voice.” 

Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. Soldiers braided a mock crown out of thorns and put it on His head. And they put a purple robe on Him. And they were saying, “Hail, King of the Judeans!” And they hit Him multiple times. 

So Pilate came into the headquarters and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus didn’t answer. So Pilate said to Him, “Don’t You know that I have authority to crucify You and authority to release You?”

Jesus replied, “You would have no authority over Me at all, except it was given to you from above. The one who turned Me in has a greater sin.” 

Pilate brought Jesus outside. And he sat on the judgment seat and said to the Judean leaders, “Look, your king!”
But they shouted, “Crucify Him!” 

Then he handed Him over to the soldiers, so He might be executed by crucifixion. Soldiers took Jesus and led Him away. Carrying His cross, He went out to a location called the Place of the Skull, where they crucified Him.

While on the cross, He could see His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing near. Jesus told His mom, “Dear lady, this is now your son!” Then He told the disciple, “This is your mom!” And from that time the disciple welcomed her into his home.

After this Jesus said, “My work here is done!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

The Judean leaders asked Pilate to have Jesus’ and the others’ legs broken, so they could get it over with and have them taken down from their crosses. When the soldiers came to Jesus, they did not break His legs, because they saw He was already dead. One of the soldiers stabbed Him deep in His side with a spear. Blood and water gushed out. 

Now the one who saw it is telling you, and it’s true, and he knows he speaks the truth, so you may believe. 

Now in the place where He was crucified was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had been buried. So they put Jesus there since the tomb was nearby.

On Sunday first Mary Magdalene, then Peter, and the disciple that Jesus loved went to the tomb. Peter entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying, but the facecloth was rolled separately in its place. The other disciple, also saw the empty tomb and believed. So the disciples went to their own home again. 

But after looking in, Mary stood outside the tomb crying. 

“Ma’am, why are you crying?” 

Upon turning around and seeing Jesus alive, she said to Him, “Teacher!”

Jesus told her, “Stop holding onto Me. I haven’t ascended to My Father yet. Go tell My brothers.”

So that evening the doors were locked where the disciples were. Jesus came, stood in the midst, and told them, “Peace to you!” Then He showed them His hands and His side. So the disciples celebrated about seeing the Lord. 

Now one of the Twelve, Thomas, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were saying to him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” 

But he told them, “Unless I see, I won’t believe!”

So after eight days the disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Jesus appeared even though the doors were locked, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you!” 

Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, see My hands, reach out, and put your hand into My side. Do not disbelieve, but believe!”

Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus told him, “You’ve believed because you’ve seen Me. Blessed are those who believed, though they hadn’t seen!” 

Thus Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. But these signs have been written so you may believe that Jesus is the Anointed One, the Son of God, and that by believing this, you will have life by His name. 

The disciple Jesus loved, the one who reclined near His chest at the supper is the disciple who testifies about these things and wrote them. We, the other disciples, know that his testimony is true. 

A Note From the editors

Congratulations, you just finished reading a condensed version of the Gospel of John which you can find in any Christian Bible.

You probably noticed how often throughout the text, Jesus promised to give eternal life to anyone who believes in Him. I would like to ask you the same question Jesus asked Martha: “Do you believe this?” 

If you believe in Jesus To give you eternal life You have it!

This booklet is only a primer. A great next step might be reading the entire Gospel of John in the Bible. If you’ve enjoyed this book, or if you have questions, please contact us at: simplybelief.com

To order printed copies of this book.

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2 8 9 DESIGN and Message of Life: John 3:16

Original Greek translation by: Dr. John H. Niemelä. 

Dr. John H. Niemelä is President and Researcher at Message of Life: John 3:16, and Professor at Rocky Mountain Seminary.

Condensed, adapted, designed by: Lucas Kitchen.
Lucas Kitchen is an author and speaker with 289DESIGN.org, 2 Circle Rd, Longview, TX 75602. 

The Editorial Team included:  Dr. John H. Niemelä, Dr. Dix Winston, Lucas Kitchen, and John Goodding.

This translation utilized the Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text, 2nd ed., edited by Zane C. Hodges and Arthur L. Farstad.

https://www.simplybelief.com/2019/03/12/john/

Easter Tracts

ETERNAL REWARDS: EPISODE 24

This is the final episode. We’re nearly home. See it here.

ETERNAL REWARDS: EPISODE 23

A desert of sand in the middle of a green state. What an anti-oasis. You’ve got to see it to believe it. Check out the new episode here.

ETERNAL REWARDS: EPISODE 22

We had to stop at Mueller again on our way south, it’s just too beautiful… we had to ok! Check out this new episode.

ETERNAL REWARDS: EPISODE 21

It just doesn’t get prettier than this. One of my favorite places for relaxation and fun. Check out the new episode now.

ETERNAL REWARDS: EPISODE 20

Our own private swimming hole. What a beautiful place! Check out the new episode here.

ETERNAL REWARDS: EPISODE 19

What a great place to spend the night! See this new episode now.

ETERNAL REWARDS: EPISODE 18

Something Amazing Happened Here! I’m so glad we got it on camera. Enjoy the new episode. We’re at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Eternal Rewards: Episode 17

Find out how to stay motivated when you face those mountainous challenges.