The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.
There was a man named Johnn who was sent by God.
He came to tell people the truth about the Light so that through him all people could hear about the Light and believe.
John was not the Light, but he came to tell people the truth about the Light.
The true Light that gives light to all was coming into the world!
The Word was in the world, and the world was made by him, but the world did not know him.
He came to the world that was his own, but his own people did not accept him.
But to all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God.
They did not become his children in any human way -- by any human parents or human desire. They were born of God.
The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw his glory -- the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father -- and he was full of grace and truth.
John tells the truth about him and cries out, saying, "This is the One I told you about: 'The One who comes after me is greater than I am, because he was living before me.'"