These verses convey one main thought to me and that is HOPE. Jesus was there from the beginning, there is a plan. I may never know or understand the plan but its okay, Jesus was there from the beginning and not a thing was made that was not made through him.
I prefer the NRSV saying that the darkness did not ‘overcome’ the light as opposed to simply not understanding or comprehending it. Its important to me that light overcomes darkness, that good triumphs over evil. I’ve casually read that some religions believe that God is beyond good and evil. Perhaps thats frightening to me because I really can’t comprehend it. I would no longer say thats wrong, I simply acknowledge that its not something I can believe in at this point, if ever.
I agree with the thought RW expressed in his post Something We Need to Remember, that the Word is Christ himself and not merely the words in the Bible and that its important to be careful in interpreting scripture especially where such interpretation would seem to contradict the teaching of Christ.