The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it.
There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan.
He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him.
He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.
This was the true light, which gives light to everyone entering the world.
He was in the world -- the world came to be through him -- yet the world did not know him.
He came to his own homeland, yet his own people did not receive him.
But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God,
not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God.
The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh'khinah, the Sh'khinah of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth.
Yochanan witnessed concerning him when he cried out, "This is the man I was talking about when I said, `The one coming after me has come to rank ahead of me, because he existed before me.'"