Verse 6 introduces us to John the Baptist who preceded the Son of God as a witness so people would believe in Jesus Christ as the light of the world. John’s witness opened the door to joyous faith, but the majority spurned the opportunity to welcome the long awaited Messiah, Jesus. Jesus Christ, the light of the world, came into the world, becoming man to “give light to everyone.” However, the world that He made did not recognize Him. In this passage, the world refers to a system of society or sphere of human life that chooses to live apart from God. In many ways, He came to that which was His own and He was rejected at every turn.
Questions for further thought:
1. Who were Christ’s “own” who did not receive Him, and how do people today reject Him?
2. What does John say a person must do to become a “child of God?” (See also 1 John 5:12)
Challenge: Read and meditate on John 1:12. Do a word search in a Bible concordance or Biblegateway.com on the key words in the passage. (ie.. Believed, receive)
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