He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him
Will a homeless person reject money? Will a blind person reject an assisting hand? Will a crying baby reject milk? Will a dog reject a treat? The answers are unanimous. However, will a darkened world reject God’s light? Will a fallen, sinful, dying world reject a Savior? The Bible’s answer is also unanimous. Today we have one of the saddest verses in the Bible. Not only is it a sad verse, it’s also a description and verdict of mankind.
God entered our world as “the light of life”; yet, “the world did not know him.” Our Creator came into our human existence; yet, we didn’t receive Him. Not only didn’t we (we’re not better than those who lived in Jesus’ day) recognize Him for who He is, we continued rejecting Him even when He had validated His claims.
Later on John stated: “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” (John 3:19). There’s an innate hostility toward God (see Rom. 8:7-8).
Paul described our fallen state in the following manner: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Rom. 3:10-18). Man’s rejection of God is not just general, it’s deliberate—a love for darkness rather than coming to and embracing His light.
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