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Comments on John 1:6-11

From John: The book about Life, by Matthew R. Freije

Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.


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1:6-8
These verses refer to John the Baptist, not the John who wrote John. John the Baptist proclaimed that the Christ would be coming. Similar to a prerequisite course, John's message prepared the people to understand and believe in Jesus. About 700 years before Jesus came to earth, Isaiah prophesied that a messenger would precede the Christ:

Isa 40:3 A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.

John the Baptist claimed to be that messenger:

John 1:23 "I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,' as Isaiah the prophet said."

John had never even seen Jesus when he started preaching; he was simply preaching what God had revealed to him. John, the writer of the book, emphasizes that John the Baptist was not the Christ, but the messenger whom God had chosen to announce that the Christ was coming.

For more on John the Baptist, see the comments on 1:19-34 and comments on 3:22-35.

1:9
Jesus is again described as the light—the true light.

1:10
Jesus created the world and all that is in it (as stated also in 1:3), yet most of the people in the world did not recognize Him as God and entrust their lives to Him.

1:11
Jesus' own people, the Jews, did not receive Him, even though His life matched the description of the Messiah given in great detail through the Old Testament prophets. This may be due partly to the humble life that Jesus led. The Jews expected the Messiah to restore power to the nation of Israel, but Jesus did not seek power and position in the world in His first coming--this was not His
mission. Jesus did not fit the image of the worldly king that the Jews were looking for.

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