There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
He came as a witness, in order that he might give testimony concerning the Light--so that all might believe through him.
He was not the Light, but he existed that he might give testimony concerning the Light.
The true Light was that which illumines every man by its coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into existence through Him, and the world did not recognize Him.
He came to the things that were His own, and His own people gave Him no welcome.
But all who have received Him, to them--that is, to those who trust in His name--He has given the privilege of becoming children of God;
who were begotten as such not by human descent, nor through an impulse of their own nature, nor through the will of a human father, but from God.
And the Word came in the flesh, and lived for a time in our midst, so that we saw His glory--the glory as of the Father's only Son, sent from His presence. He was full of grace and truth.
John gave testimony concerning Him and cried aloud, saying, "This is He of whom I said, `He who is coming after me has been put before me,' for He was before me."
For He it is from whose fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace.