The Seventh Sunday of Easter
First Nations Version: An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament
CREATOR’S WORD COMES DOWN
1-2 Long ago, in the time before all days, before the creation of all things, the one who is known as the Word was there face to face with the Great Spirit. This Word fully represents Creator and shows us who he is and what he is like. He has always been there from the beginning, for the Word and Creator are one and the same. 3 Through the Word all things came into being, and not one thing exists that he did not create. 4 Creator’s life shined out from the Word, giving light to all human beings. This is the true Light that comes to all the peoples of the world and shines on everyone. 5 The Light shines into the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it or put it out. 6-7 Into the wilderness of the Land of Promise (Judea) came a man named Gift of Goodwill (John). He was sent by the Great Spirit to tell what he knew about the Light so everyone could believe. 8 He was not the Light but came to speak the truth about the Light. 9 The true Light that shines on all people was coming into the darkness of this world. 10 He came down into this world, and even though he made all things, the world did not recognize him. 11 Even his own tribe did not welcome or honor him. 12 But all who welcome and trust him receive their birthright as children of the Great Spirit. 13 They are born in a new way, not from a human father’s plans or desires, but born from above—by the Great Spirit. 14 Creator’s Word became a flesh-and-blood human being and pitched his sacred tent among us, living as one of us. We looked upon his great beauty and saw how honorable he was, the kind of honor held only by this one Son who fully represents his Father—full of his great kindness and truth.