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John answered, “I baptize with water, but there is one here with you that you don’t know about. He is the One who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie the strings of his sandals.”

John told them in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I am the voice of one calling out in the desert: ‘Make the road straight for the Lord.’ ” Isaiah 40:3 24 Some Pharisees who had been sent asked John: 25“If you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet, why do you baptize people?” 26 John answered, “I baptize with water, but there is one here with you that you don’t know about. 27He is the One who comes after me. I am not good enough to untie the strings of his sandals.” 28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing people. 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said,“Look, the Lamb of God,n who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the One I was talking about when I said, ‘A man will come after me, but he is greater than I am, because he was living before me.’ 31 Even I did not know who he was, although I came baptizing with water so that the people of Israel would know who he is.” 32–33 Then John said, “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven in the form of a dove and rest on him. Until then I did not know who the Christ was. But the God who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘You will see the Spirit come down and rest on a man; he is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen this happen, and I tell you the truth: This man is the Son of God.”n 23

The First Followers of Jesus The next day Johnn was there again with two of his followers. 36When he saw Jesus walking by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”n 35

The two followers heard John say this, so they followed Jesus. 38When Jesus turned and saw them following him, he asked, “What are you looking for?” They said, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” (“Rabbi” means “Teacher.”) 39 He answered,“Come and see.” So the two men went with Jesus and saw where he was staying and stayed there with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40 One of the two men who followed Jesus after they heard John speak about him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and say to him, “We have found the Messiah.” (“Messiah” means “Christ.”) 42 Then Andrew took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas.” (“Cephas” means “Peter.”n) 43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip was from the town of Bethsaida, where Andrew and Peter lived. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the man that Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also wrote about him. He is Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” 46 But Nathanael said to Philip, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip answered, “Come and see.” 47 As Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said, “Here is truly an Israelite. There is nothing false in him.” 48 Nathanael asked, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you when you were under the fig tree, before Philip told you about me.” 49 Then Nathanael said to Jesus, “Teacher, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus said to Nathanael, “Do you believe simply because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that.” 51And Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and ‘angels of God going up and coming down’n on the Son of Man.” 37

The Wedding at Cana

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Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2and Jesus and his followers were also invited to the wedding. 3When all the

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time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God. This celestial Voice remained ever present with the Creator; 3His speech shaped the entire cosmos. Immersed in the practice of creating, all things that exist were birthed in Him. 4His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light— 5light that thrives in the depths of darkness, blazing through murky bottoms. It cannot, and will not, be quenched . . . . 11Though the Voice utters only truth, His own people, who have heard the Voice before, rebuff this inner calling and refuse to listen. 12But those who hear and trust the beckoning of the Divine Voice and embrace Him, they shall be reborn as children of God; 13He bestows this birthright not by human power or initiative but by God’s will. Because we are born of this world, we can only be reborn to God by accepting His call . . . . 16Through this man we all receive gifts of grace beyond our imagination. He is the Voice of God. 17You see, Moses gave us rules to live by, but Jesus, the Liberating King, offered the gifts of grace and truth which make life worth living. 18God, unseen until now, is revealed in the Voice, God’s only Son, straight from the Father’s heart.

Translation: The Voice www.hearthevoice.com

wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”  4 Jesus answered, “Dear woman, why come to me? My time has not yet come.”  5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you to do.”  6 In that place there were six stone water jars that the Jews used in their washing ceremony.n Each jar held about twenty or thirty gallons.  7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled the jars to the top.  8 Then he said to them, “Now take some out and give it to the master of the feast.” So they took the water to the master. 9 When he tasted it, the water had become wine. He did not know where the wine came from, but the servants who had brought

1:29 Lamb of God Name for Jesus. Jesus is like the lambs that were offered for a sacrifice to God.  1:34 the Son of God Some Greek copies read “God’s Chosen One.”  1:35 John John the Baptist, who preached to people about Christ’s coming (Matthew 3, Luke 3).  1:36 Lamb of God Name for Jesus. Jesus is like the lambs that were offered for a sacrifice to God.  1:42 Peter The Greek name “Peter,” like the Aramaic name “Cephas,” means “rock.”  1:51 ‘angels . . . down’ These words are from Genesis 28:12.  2:6 washing ceremony The Jewish people washed themselves in special ways before eating, before worshiping in the Temple, and at other special times. 

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