1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,*
and his life brought light to everyone.
and the darkness can never extinguish it.*
6 God sent a man, John the Baptist,* 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.