Then suddenly a man appeared
Who was sent out from God’s presence,
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.
The Creator 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 the authority
To become who they really are—
The sons of God!
He was not born
By the joining of human parents
Or from natural means,
Or by a man’s desire,
But he was born of God.
And so the Living Expression
Became a man and lived among us!
And we gazed upon the splendor of his glory,
The glory of the One and Only,
Who came from the Father overflowing
With tender mercy and truth!
John taught the truth about him,
When he announced to the people,
“He’s the One! Set your hearts on him!
I told you he would come after me,
Even though he ranks far above me,
For he existed before I was even born.”
And now out of his fullness we are fulfilled!
And from him we receive
Grace heaped upon more grace!
Moses gave us the Law,
But Jesus, the Anointed One,
Unveils truth wrapped in tender mercy.
No one has ever gazed upon
The fullness of God’s splendor,
Except the uniquely beloved Son,
Who is cherished by the Father
And held close to his heart.
Now he leads the way to the place
Of honor at the Father’s side!