John 1:6-13 (NRSV)
6 There was a man
sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a
witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through
8 He himself was
not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
9 The true light,
which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the
world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world
did not know him.
11 He came to
what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.
12 But to all
who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become
children of God,
13 who were born,
not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man,
but of God.