Jesus Is Light And Life—John 1:3-8

INTRODUCTION 

 

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (John 1:3–8)

 

In this passage, it seems that verse 5 stands as a key verse, so let’s start with it. 

 

THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS

 

John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended [overcame] it not.

 

What is this “light” and what is the “darkness” that it is shining in? 

 

The light is Jesus Christ Himself. Later in the Gospel of John, Jesus says—

 

…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12)

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Jesus Christ Is The Eternal God—John 1:1-2

1) JESUS CHRIST IS THE WORD

 

John 1:1 IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 

 

To our modern ears, it might be strange to call another person “the Word” (logos). But while it might be strange to us, it wasn’t strange to either the Jews or the Greeks. 

 

The Jews shied away from using God’s name at all, lest they accidentally use it in vain. They would substitute other titles—like “Heaven”—instead of pronouncing the divine name. Another title they would have used was, “the Word.” Any Jew reading this would have known from the first phrase who John was talking about. 

 

The Greeks also used this title, “the Word,” but not in the same way as the Jews. They would have used it to refer to the ultimate reason or the purpose of the universe. They would have used it more in an impersonal sense or philosophical sense rather than a personal sense.

 

Both Jews and Greeks reading the Gospel of John would have been hooked from the very first line. For both Jews and Greeks, John points them to a specific person. Who is the Word? John makes that clear in later verses:

 

14 And the Word was made 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. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. (John 1:14–15)

 

The Word made flesh? John being His forerunner and witness? This can only be referring to Jesus. For the Jewish reader, their own God was made flesh. For the Greek reader, the impersonal reason behind the universe was, in fact, a person!

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