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. (John 1:6-11, NKJV)
1:6-7 John The Baptist
This can be a source of confusion for new readers. John the apostle is the one writing this book. He is not the John mentioned in these two verses. This is John the Baptist.
John was sent from God. You may recall the story from Luke 1. John’s father Zacharias was a priest serving in the temple when the angel Gabriel appeared to him and said,
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:13-17)
John was sent from God to be a witness of Jesus Christ. That was his whole purpose – that everyone would believe in Jesus.
1:8-9 The True Light
John was not the light. What light? Remember last week we read that in Jesus is the light.
Jesus was the light of men, not John. That’s actually an important point because many people thought John was the guy when they saw how powerful his preaching was and how massive his ministry was.
But no, Jesus was the light. Jesus came and shined His light on every person. You see, every one of us is in darkness. 2 Corinthians 4 tells us that the devil:
… whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
We are blind. And the light of Jesus Christ shines on us, inviting us to have eternal life. But our darkness doesn’t comprehend the light. However, although we cannot see the light of Jesus Christ, if we believe it and receive it by faith, we can finally see that light.
1:10-11 He Came To His Own
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:3)
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. ( Colossians 1:16)