We are in this world, but not of this world.
The Good News, The Gospel, according to Saint John
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
This one was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him, nothing came into being that has come into being. In him was life, life that was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. John came as a witness, to bear witness to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but he was sent to bear witness to the light. The true light who enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world had come into existence through him, and the world did not recognise him. He came to his own, and those who were his own did not receive him. But as many as received him, to them he gave the ability to become God’s children, to those who believe in his Name. They were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We beheld his glory, glory as a Father’s only-begotten son, full of grace and truth.
John testified about him; he cried out, saying, “This was the one of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”
From his fullness, 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 seen God at any time. The unique Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he has explained him.
“Ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. I have told you these things in figures of speech. But the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day, you will ask in my Name. And I do not tell you that I will pray to the Father for you, because the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and believed that I came forth from God. I came out from the Father, and I have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and return to the Father.”
His disciples said to him, “Behold, now you speak plainly, not in figures of speech. Now we know that you know all things and we do not need for anyone to ask questions from you. By this we believe that you came forth from God.”
Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? Behold, the time is coming, yes, and it has now come, when you will be scattered, everyone to his own place, and you will desert me. Yet, I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have distress, but rejoice. I have overcome the world.”
Jesus said these things, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said,
“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, so that your Son may also glorify you. Even as you gave him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
“This is eternal life: that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you have sent, Jesus Christ.
“I have glorified you on the earth. I have accomplished the work which you have given me to do. Now, Father, glorify me with yourself with the glory I had with you before the world existed.
“I have revealed your Name to the people whom you have given me out of the world. They were yours, and you have given them to me; they have kept your word.
“Now, they have known that all things you have given me are from you. The words you have given me, I have given to them. They have received them and they have known for certain that I came forth from you, and they have believed that you sent me.
“I pray for them; I do not pray for the world, but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All things that are mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.
“I am no longer in the world, but these are still in the world, and I am coming to you.
“Holy Father, keep them through your Name which you have given me, so that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them in the world, I protected them in your Name. Those whom you have given me I have kept. None of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to you, and I say these things in the world, so that they may have my joy made full in themselves.
“I have given them your word and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
“I do not pray that you would take them from the world, but that you would protect them from the evil one.
“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in your truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I too have sent them into the world. I sanctify myself for their sake, so that they too may be sanctified in truth.
“I do not pray only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you. May they be one in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me. The glory which you have given me, I have given to them, so that they may be one even as we are one; I in them, and you in me. May they be perfected into one, so that the world may know that you sent me, and that you have loved them, even as you have loved me.
“Father, I desire that those whom you have given me would be with me where I am, so that they may see my glory which you have given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world.
“Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I knew you; and these have known that you have sent me. I have made your Name known to them, and I will continue to make it known; so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
After speaking these words, Jesus went out with his disciples over the brook called Kidron. A garden was there and he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew about the place […]