The I. parte: THE ACTS of Christ before his manifestation, whiles
Iohn Baptist was yet baptizing.
The preface of the Euangelist, commending Christ (as being God the Sonne incarnate) to the
Gentils, and setting out the blindnes of the Iewes in not receiuing him. 19. Then, the
testimonie of Iohn Baptist, first to the solemne legacie of the Iewes: 29. secondly, when he saw
Iesvs come to him: 35. thirdly, to his owne Disciple also putting them ouer from himself to
Iesvs who made is plainer to them that he is Christ, 40. and so began he also to haue
The Ghospel at the third Masse vpon Christmas day. And euery day at the end of Masse.
IN THE beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was
2. This was in the beginning with God.
3. Al things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. nothing. That which was made,
4. in him was life, and the life was the light of men:
5. and the light shineth in darkenesse, and the darkenesse did not comprehend it.
6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was Iohn.
7. This man came for testimonie; to giue testimonie of the light, that al might beleeue through him.
8. He was not the light, but to giue testimonie of the light.
9. It was the true light, which lighteneth euery man that commeth into this world.
10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11. He came into his owne, and his owne receiued him not.
12. But as many as receiued him, he gaue them power to be made the sonnes of God, to those that beleeue in his name.
13. Who, not of bloud, nor of the wil of flesh, nor of the wil of man, but of God are borne.
14. ET VERBVM CARO FACTVM EST. And The Word was Made Flesh, and dwelt in vs (and we saw the glorie of him, glorie as it were of the Only-begotten of the Father) ful of grace and veritie.
15. Iohn giueth testimonie of him, and crieth saying: This was he of whom I spake, He that shal come after me, is made before me: because he was before me.
16. And of his fulnes we al haue receiued, and grace for grace.
17. For the law was giuen by Moyses, grace and veritie was made by Iesvs Christ.
18. God no man hath seen at any time: the only-begotten Sonne which is in the bosome of the Father, he hath declared.
19. And this is Iohns testimonie, when the Iewes sent from Hierusalem Priests and Leuites to him, that they should aske him, who art thou?
20. And he confessed, and did not denie: and he confessed, That I am not Christ.
21. And they asked him: What then? Art thou Elias? And he said: I am not. Art thou the Prophet? And he answered: No.
22. They said therefore vnto him: Who art thou, that we may giue an answer to them that sent vs? what saiest thou of thy self?
23. He said: I am the voyce of one crying in the desert, make straight the way of our Lord, as Esaie the Prophet said.
24. And they that were sent were of the Pharisees.
25. And they asked him, and said to him: Why then doest thou baptize, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, nor the Prophet?
26. Iohn answered them, saying: I baptize in water; but there hath stood in the middes of you whom you know not.
27. The same is he that shal come after me, that is made before me; whose latchet of his shoe I am not worthie to loose.
28. These things were done in Bethania beyond Iordan, where Iohn was baptizing.
29. The next day Iohn saw Iesvs comming to him, and he saith: Behold the lamb of God, behold him that taketh away the sinne, of the world.
30. This is he of whom I said: After me there commeth a man, which is made before me: because he was before me.
31. And I knew him not, but that he may be manifested in Israel, therefore came I baptizing in water.
32. And Iohn gaue testimonie, saying: That I saw the Spirit descending as a doue from Heauen, and he remained vpon him.
33. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize in water, he said to me: He vpon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and remaining vpon him, he it is that baptizeth in the Holy Ghost.
34. And I saw; and I gaue testimonie that this is the Sonne of God.
35. The next day againe Iohn stood, and two of his Disciples.
36. And beholding Iesvs walking, he saith: Behold the Lamb of God.
37. And the two Disciples heard him speaking, and they followed Iesvs.
38. And Iesvs turning, and seeing him: Rabbi (which is called by interpretation, Maister) where dwellest thou?
39. He saith to them: Come and see. They came, and saw where he abode, and they taried with him that day: and it was about the tenth houre.
40. And Andrew the brother of Simon Peter was one of the two that had heard of Iohn, and followed him.
41. He findeth first his brother Simon, and saith to him: We haue found Messias, which is being interpreted, Christ.
42. And he brought him to Iesvs. And Iesvs looking vpon him, said: Thou art Simon the sonne of Iona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is interpreted, Peter.
43. On the morrow he would goe forth into Galilee, and he findeth Philippe. And Iesvs saith to him: Follow me.
44. And Philippe was of Bethsaida, the citie of Andrew and Peter.
45. Philippe findeth Nathanael, and saith to him: Him whom Moyses in the law, and the Prophets wrote of, we haue found, Iesvs the sonne of Ioseph, of Nazareth.
46. And Nathanael said to him: From Nazareth can there be any good? Philippe saith to him: Come and see.
47. Iesvs saw Nathanael comming to him, and he saith of him: Behold an Israelite in very deed, in whom there is no guile.
48. Nathanael saith to him: How knowest thou me? Iesvs answered and said to him: Before that Philippe did cal thee, when thou wast vnder the figtree, I saw thee.
49. Nathanael answered him and saith: Rabbi, thou art the Sonne of God, thou art the King of Israel.
50. Iesvs answered, and said to him: Because I said vnto thee, I saw thee vnder the figtree, thou beleeuest; greater then these things shalt thou see.
51. And he saith to him: Amen Amen I say to you, You shal see the Heauen opened, and the Angels of God ascending and descending, vpon the Sonne of man.