Before the World there Was the Word

Before the world there was the Word, (by human ear as yet unheard),

with God and same as God from ‘ere a thing was made or life breathed air.


The source of life through whom came light that shines upon all humankind,

though dark surrounds all that’s about this light shall darkness not put out.


A messenger from God, one John, came preaching of the light to come.

Though he, himself, was not the light, he made it clear where light would shine.


And though the world was made through Word, and though through John the Word was heard

And in the flesh incarnate came, yet world refused Word’s rightful claim.


A few, however, did receive, and these few even dared believe.

So by the wWrd they came to be born into God’s own family.


The Word became a human being, and filled with grace and truth was seen.

So heaven’s glory touched the earth and we beheld salvation’s birth.


John spoke and cried, “This is the One of whom I spoke. Now Word has come!”

Out of the fullness of God’s grace we have been blessed in ev’ry place.


Through Moses God had given law, through Jesus Christ comes grace for all.

Though God’s been seen by no one yet, in Jesus Christ God can be met. 


Image:  Licensed to David Alexander by 

Source: John 1:1-18 

Text:  David Alexander, 2009, CC BY-SA 4.0

Tune: Puer Nobis Nascitur, Public Domain


Audio: Used by Permission.

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