When all things began, the Word already was. The Word dwelt with God, and what God was, the Word was.
The Word, then, was with God at the beginning, and through him all things came to be; no single thing was created without him. All that came to be was alive with his life; and that life was the light of human beings.
The light shines on in the dark, and the darkness has never quenched it.
There appeared a man named John, sent from God; he came as a witness to testify to the light, that all might become believers through him. He was not himself the light; he came to bear witness to the light. The real light which enlightens every man was, even then, coming into the world.
He was in the world, but the world, which owed its being to him, did not recognize him.
He entered his own place, and his own people would not welcome him. But to all who did welcome him, to those who gave their allegiance, he gave the power to become children of God–not born of human stock, or by the fleshly desire of their human fathers, but offspring of Spirit.
So the Word became flesh; he came to live among us; and we saw his glory, such glory as befits the Father’s true son, full of truth and blessing.