1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
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RJ's Running Commentary
John starts in by putting the biggest rock in the jar. Jesus was and is God. He was God and with God before the creation. He was a part of the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) that created all that is. John emphatically enforces this idea, "without Him nothing was made that was made!" (v.3)
Without going into the details of the fall of man and the ensuing curse of sin; John simply notes that there is darkness. It is the state of mankind and planet earth. Jesus represents the antidote for darkness. He is the light. Jesus stated it well, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no-one comes to the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)
The most famous prophet in the land of Israel, just before Jesus launches His public ministry, was John the Baptist. Like Jesus, John the Baptist was sent by God; and like Jesus, John the Baptist was martyred. John the Baptist was sent specifically to pave the way for Jesus. His endorsement of Jesus gave Jesus instant credibility with those who were wanting to see a time of spiritual renewal in their own lives and in the life of their nation.
John talks about the light (Jesus) that came to Israel. The nation that was longing for the coming of the Messiah; and when the Messiah (Jesus) came, they did not know Him and they did not receive Him. What a tragedy.
In spite of the general rejection of Jesus by the Jewish people; by the goodness and grace of God, "as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become the children of God." That explains "us." Removed by thousands of miles; removed by thousands of years; removed by our lack of genetic connection to God's chosen people--we have become the children of God!
Jesus is the perfect representation of God. He was God in the flesh, full of grace and truth.
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