John 3:22-36 : Easy-to-Read Version
Jesus and John the Baptizer
22After this, Jesus and his followers went into the area of Judea. There Jesus stayed with his followers and baptized* people. 23John was also baptizing people in Aenon. Aenon is near Salim. John was baptizing there because there was plenty of water. People were going there to be baptized. 24(This happened before John was put into prison.) 25Some of John's followers had an argument with another Jew. They were arguing about religious washing.* 26So the followers came to John. They said, "Teacher, remember the man that was with you on the other side of the Jordan River? He is the man you were telling people about. That man is baptizing* people, and many people are going to him." 27John answered, "A man can get only what God gives him. 28You yourselves heard me say, 'I am not the Christ.* I am only the one that God sent to prepare the way for him.' 29The bride always belongs to the bridegroom.* The friend that helps the bridegroom just waits and listens. He's happy just to hear the bridegroom talk. That's how I feel now. I'm so happy that he (Jesus) is here. 30He must become more and more important. And I must become less important.
The One That Comes from Heaven
31"The One (Jesus) that comes from above is greater than all other people. The person that is from the earth belongs to the earth. That person talks about things that are on the earth. But the One (Jesus) that comes from heaven is greater than all other people. 32He (Jesus) tells what he has seen and heard. But people don't accept what he says. 33The person that accepts what he (Jesus) says has given proof that God speaks the truth. 34God sent him (Jesus). And he tells the things that God says. God gives [him] the Spirit* fully. 35The Father loves the Son. The Father has given the Son power over everything. 36The person that believes in the Son has life forever. But the person that does not obey the Son will never have that life. God's anger stays with that person."
baptize(d), baptizing Greek word meaning to immerse, dip, or bury a person or thing briefly under water. religious washing The Jews had religious rules about washing in special ways before eating, before worshiping in the temple, and at other special times. Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. bridegroom A man that is getting married. Spirit, Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world.