The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world
Whenever we see “true” we normally put it in opposition to “false.” As we saw in the previous verse, that’s not the case here. The true light is not in opposition to John being a false light, but simply not being the originator of his own light. He shone forth light through his life and words, but it was received light. It didn’t originate within himself; He received it from “the true light.”
Jesus would later on state: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). He came into our darkness to give us “the light of life,” which was lost by our fall into sin.
In what way does Jesus give light to everyone? I think there are two ways in which He does so. First, He portrayed the true image of God, being God Himself. Sin had caused man’s understanding to be greatly darkened, not seeing God for who He truly is. Jesus, throughout His life and death, demonstrated God’s reality and perfection. If we want to know who God is, look at and study the person and work of Jesus Christ—promised and foreshadowed in the Old Testament, lived out in the gospels, and explained in the rest of the New Testament.
Second, the light is for everyone. The gospel is not for a few, but for all. In Revelation John wrote: “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price”(Rev. 22:17). The question is: do we willingly and gladly want to receive God’s light?
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