The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.
Everything was created through him; nothing - not one thing! - came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn't put it out.
There once was a man, his name John, sent by God
to point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)