1 In the beginning the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was divine. 2 It was he that was with God in the beginning. 3 Everything came into existence through him, and apart from him nothing came to be. 4 It was by him that life came into existence, and that life was the light of mankind. 5 The light is still shining in the darkness, for the darkness has never put it out.
6 There appeared a man by the name of John, with a message from God. 7 He came to give testimony, to testify to the light, so that everyone might come to believe in it through him. 8 He was not the light; he came to testify to the light. 9 The real light, which sheds light upon everyone, was just coming into the world.
10 He came into the world, and though the world came into existence through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to his home, and his own family did not welcome him. 12 But to all who did receive him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God, 13 owing their birth not to nature nor to any human or physical impulse, but to God.
14 So the Word became flesh and blood and lived for a while among us, abounding in blessing and truth, and we saw the honor God had given him, such honor as an only son receives from his father. 15 (John testified to him and cried out??or it was he who said it??He who was to come after me is now ahead of me