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John 2 1 The next day Jesus' mother was a guest at a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee.
John 2 2 Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration.
John 2 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus' mother spoke to him about the problem. "They have no more wine," she told him.
John 2 4 "How does that concern you and me?" Jesus asked. "My time has not yet come."
John 2 5 But his mother told the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
John 2 6 Six stone waterpots were standing there; they were used for Jewish ceremonial purposes and held twenty to thirty gallons each.
John 2 7 Jesus told the servants, "Fill the jars with water." When the jars had been filled to the brim,
John 2 8 he said, "Dip some out and take it to the master of ceremonies." So they followed his instructions.
John 2 9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over.
John 2 10 "Usually a host serves the best wine first," he said. "Then, when everyone is full and doesn't care, he brings out the less expensive wines. But you have kept the best until now!"
John 2 11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was Jesus' first display of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
John 2 12 After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples.
John 2 13 It was time for the annual Passover celebration, and Jesus went to Jerusalem.
John 2 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; and he saw money changers behind their counters.
John 2 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and oxen, scattered the money changers' coins over the floor, and turned over their tables.
John 2 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, "Get these things out of here. Don't turn my Father's house into a marketplace!"
John 2 17 Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: "Passion for God's house burns within me."
John 2 18 "What right do you have to do these things?" the Jewish leaders demanded. "If you have this authority from God, show us a miraculous sign to prove it."
John 2 19 "All right," Jesus replied. "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
John 2 20 "What!" they exclaimed. "It took forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can do it in three days?"
John 2 21 But by "this temple," Jesus meant his body.
John 2 22 After he was raised from the dead, the disciples remembered that he had said this. And they believed both Jesus and the Scriptures.
John 2 23 Because of the miraculous signs he did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many people were convinced that he was indeed the Messiah.
John 2 24 But Jesus didn't trust them, because he knew what people were really like.
John 2 25 No one needed to tell him about human nature.
John 3 1 After dark one evening, a Jewish religious leader named Nicodemus, a Pharisee,
John 3 2 came to speak with Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are proof enough that God is with you."
John 3 3 Jesus replied, "I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God."
John 3 4 "What do you mean?" exclaimed Nicodemus. "How can an old man go back into his mother's womb and be born again?"
John 3 5 Jesus replied, "The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.
John 3 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven.
John 3 7 So don't be surprised at my statement that you must be born again.
John 3 8 Just as you can hear the wind but can't tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can't explain how people are born of the Spirit."
John 3 9 "What do you mean?" Nicodemus asked.
John 3 10 Jesus replied, "You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don't understand these things?
John 3 11 I assure you, I am telling you what we know and have seen, and yet you won't believe us.
John 3 12 But if you don't even believe me when I tell you about things that happen here on earth, how can you possibly believe if I tell you what is going on in heaven?
John 3 13 For only I, the Son of Man, have come to earth and will return to heaven again.
John 3 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so I, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on a pole,
John 3 15 so that everyone who believes in me will have eternal life.
John 3 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 3 17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.
John 3 18 "There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God.
John 3 19 Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.
John 3 20 They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished.
John 3 21 But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants."
John 3 22 Afterward Jesus and his disciples left Jerusalem, but they stayed in Judea for a while and baptized there.
John 3 23 At this time John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there and people kept coming to him for baptism.
John 3 24 This was before John was put into prison.
John 3 25 At that time a certain Jew began an argument with John's disciples over ceremonial cleansing.
John 3 26 John's disciples came to him and said, "Teacher, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you said was the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going over there instead of coming here to us."
John 3 27 John replied, "God in heaven appoints each person's work.
John 3 28 You yourselves know how plainly I told you that I am not the Messiah. I am here to prepare the way for him--that is all.
John 3 29 The bride will go where the bridegroom is. A bridegroom's friend rejoices with him. I am the bridegroom's friend, and I am filled with joy at his success.
John 3 30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
John 3 31 "He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. I am of the earth, and my understanding is limited to the things of earth, but he has come from heaven.
John 3 32 He tells what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them!
John 3 33 Those who believe him discover that God is true.
John 3 34 For he is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God's Spirit is upon him without measure or limit.
John 3 35 The Father loves his Son, and he has given him authority over everything.
John 3 36 And all who believe in God's Son have eternal life. Those who don't obey the Son will never experience eternal life, but the wrath of God remains upon them."
John 4 1 Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, "Jesus is baptizing and making more disciples than John"
John 4 2 (though Jesus himself didn't baptize them--his disciples did).
John 4 3 So he left Judea to return to Galilee.
John 4 4 He had to go through Samaria on the way.
John 4 5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
John 4 6 Jacob's well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.
John 4 7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Please give me a drink."
John 4 8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.
John 4 9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, "You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?"
John 4 10 Jesus replied, "If you only knew the gift God has for you and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water."
John 4 11 "But sir, you don't have a rope or a bucket," she said, "and this is a very deep well. Where would you get this living water?
John 4 12 And besides, are you greater than our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his cattle enjoyed?"
John 4 13 Jesus replied, "People soon become thirsty again after drinking this water.
John 4 14 But the water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life."
John 4 15 "Please, sir," the woman said, "give me some of that water! Then I'll never be thirsty again, and I won't have to come here to haul water."
John 4 16 "Go and get your husband," Jesus told her.
John 4 17 "I don't have a husband," the woman replied. Jesus said, "You're right! You don't have a husband--
John 4 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren't even married to the man you're living with now."
John 4 19 "Sir," the woman said, "you must be a prophet.
John 4 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?"
John 4 21 Jesus replied, "Believe me, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father here or in Jerusalem.
John 4 22 You Samaritans know so little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.
John 4 23 But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way.
John 4 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth."
John 4 25 The woman said, "I know the Messiah will come--the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
John 4 26 Then Jesus told her, "I am the Messiah!"
John 4 27 Just then his disciples arrived. They were astonished to find him talking to a woman, but none of them asked him why he was doing it or what they had been discussing.
John 4 28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and went back to the village and told everyone,
John 4 29 "Come and meet a man who told me everything I ever did! Can this be the Messiah?"
John 4 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
John 4 31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus to eat.
John 4 32 "No," he said, "I have food you don't know about."
John 4 33 "Who brought it to him?" the disciples asked each other.
John 4 34 Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.
John 4 35 Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields are ripening all around us and are ready now for the harvest.
John 4 36 The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!
John 4 37 You know the saying, 'One person plants and someone else harvests.' And it's true.
John 4 38 I sent you to harvest where you didn't plant; others had already done the work, and you will gather the harvest."
John 4 39 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, "He told me everything I ever did!"
John 4 40 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay at their village. So he stayed for two days,
John 4 41 long enough for many of them to hear his message and believe.
John 4 42 Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe because we have heard him ourselves, not just because of what you told us. He is indeed the Savior of the world."
John 4 43 At the end of the two days' stay, Jesus went on into Galilee.
John 4 44 He had previously said, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own country."
John 4 45 The Galileans welcomed him, for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen all his miraculous signs.
John 4 46 In the course of his journey through Galilee, he arrived at the town of Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in the city of Capernaum whose son was very sick.
John 4 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea and was traveling in Galilee, he went over to Cana. He found Jesus and begged him to come to Capernaum with him to heal his son, who was about to die.
John 4 48 Jesus asked, "Must I do miraculous signs and wonders before you people will believe in me?"
John 4 49 The official pleaded, "Lord, please come now before my little boy dies."
John 4 50 Then Jesus told him, "Go back home. Your son will live!" And the man believed Jesus' word and started home.
John 4 51 While he was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well.
John 4 52 He asked them when the boy had begun to feel better, and they replied, "Yesterday afternoon at one o'clock his fever suddenly disappeared!"
John 4 53 Then the father realized it was the same time that Jesus had told him, "Your son will live." And the officer and his entire household believed in Jesus.
John 4 54 This was Jesus' second miraculous sign in Galilee after coming from Judea.