Life came into being because of him,
for his life is light for all humanity.
And this Living Expression is the Light that bursts through gloom—
the Light that darkness could not diminish!
Then suddenly a man appeared who was sent from God,
a messenger named John.
For he came to be a witness, to point the way to the Light of Life,
and to help everyone believe.
John was not that Light but he came to show who is.
For he was merely a messenger to speak the truth about the Light.
For the Light of Truth was about to come into the world
and shine upon everyone.
He entered into the very world he created,
yet the world was unaware.
He came to the very people he created—
to those who should have recognized him,
but they did not receive him.
But those who embraced him and took hold of his name
were given authority to become
the children of God!