In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made
that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The
light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He
came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men
might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the
light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him,
the world did not recognise him. He came to that which was his own, but his own
did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his
name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of
natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have
seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full
of grace and truth.