In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
From the very beginning the Word was with God.
Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him.
The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.
God sent his messenger, a man named John, 1
who came to tell people about the light, so that all should hear the message and believe.
He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light.
This was the real light - the light that comes into the world and shines on all people.
The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him.
He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him.
Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God's children.
They did not become God's children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father.
The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only Son.
John spoke about him. He cried out, "This is the one I was talking about when I said, "He comes after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.' "
Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another.
God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
The Jewish authorities in Jerusalem sent some priests and Levites to John to ask him, "Who are you?"
John did not refuse to answer, but spoke out openly and clearly, saying: "I am not the Messiah."
"Who are you, then?" they asked. "Are you Elijah?" 2 "No, I am not," John answered. "Are you the Prophet?" they asked. "No," he replied.
"Then tell us who you are," they said. "We have to take an answer back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
John answered by quoting the prophet Isaiah: 3 "I am "the voice of someone shouting in the desert: Make a straight path for the Lord to travel!' "
The messengers, who had been sent by the Pharisees,
then asked John, "If you are not the Messiah nor Elijah nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?"
John answered, "I baptize with water, but among you stands the one you do not know.
He is coming after me, but I am not good enough even to untie his sandals."
All this happened in Bethany on the east side of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.