St John's Gospel

Coming of Christ

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God. In the beginning the Word already was. The Word was in God's presence, and what God was, the Word was. He was with God at the beginning, and through him all things came to be; without him no created thing came into being. In him was life, and that life was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never mastered it. There appeared a man named John. He was sent from God, and came as a witness from God, and came as a witness to testify to the light, so that through him all might become believers. He was not himself the light, so that through him all might become believers. He was not himself the light; he came to bear witness to the light. The true light which gives light to everyone was even then coming into the world. He was in the world. But the world, though it owed its being to him, did not recognise him. He came to his own, and his own people would not accept him. But to all who did accept him, to those who put their trust in him, he gave the right to become children of God, born not of human stock, by the physical desire of a human father, but of God. So the Word became flesh; he made his home among us, and we saw his glory, such glory as befits the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth. John bore witness to him and proclaimed: 'This is the man of whom I said, 'He comes after me, but ranks ahead of me'. Before I was born, he already was.'

From his full store we have all received grace upon grace; for the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; God's only Son, he who is nearest to the Father's heart, has made him known. Chapter 1: 1 - 18