Joh 1:5 The darkness was pierced and could not comprehend or diminish this light.
(Darknessrepresent man’s ignorance about their true origin and identity. Isa.9:2-4, Isa.60:1-3, Eph.3:18.)
Joh 1:9 The authentic light of life that illuminates everyone was about to dawn in the world!
(The incarnation would make the image of God visible in human form. In him who is theblueprint of our lives there is more than enough light to displace the darkness in every humanlife. He is the true light that enlightens every man!)
Joh 1:10 Although he was no stranger to the world, he always was there and is himself the author of all things, but somehow no one took any notice!Joh 1:11 It was not as though he arrived on a foreign planet; he came to his own, yet his own didnot recognise him.
Joh 1:12 But to everyone who realises their association in him, convinced that he is their originallife, in them he confirms that we are his offspring, begotten of him.
(Gr.lambano, comprehend, grasp, identify with. This word suggests that even though he came to his own, there are thosewho do not grasp their true origin revealed in him, and like the many Pharisees they behave likechildren of a foreign father, the father of lies. Neither God's legitimate fatherhood of man nor hisownership is in question; man's comprehending the truth about himself is in question. This iswhat the gospel addresses with utmost clarity in the person of Jesus Christ. “He has come to giveus understanding to know him who is true and to realise that we are in him who is true.” 1 John5:20.)
Joh 1:13 These are they who discover their genesis in God beyond their natural conception! Man began in God. We are not the invention of our parents!Joh 1:14 Suddenly the invisible eternal Word takes on visible form! The Incarnation! In him, andnow confirmed in us! The most accurate tangible display of God's eternal thought findsexpression in human life! The Word became a human being; we are his address; he resides in us!He captivates our gaze! The glory we see there is not a religious replica; he is the authentic
(begotten only by the Father and not by the flesh; In him we recognise our truebeginning.)
(that Adam lost,)
returns in fullness! Only Grace can communicate truthin such complete context!Joh 1:16 He is the source of our completeness. Grace against grace!
(Grace prevailed against the tide of darkness due to Adam’s fall. His fullness is the source of all that grace communicatesas our portion, against all the odds!)
Joh 1:17 Against the stark backdrop of the law; with Moses representing the condemned state of mankind, Jesus Christ unveils grace and truth!
(He is the life of our design redeemed in human form)
.Joh 1:18 Until this moment God remained invisible to man; now the authentic begotten son,
(monogenes, begotten only of God)
the blueprint of man's design who represents the innermost being of God, the son who is in the bosom of the Father, brings him into full view! He is theofficial authority qualified to announce him!
(Greek, ek, preposition denoting source, and hegeomai, official authority)
He is our guide who accurately declares and interprets the invisibleGod within us. Mirror BibleThe mission of Jesus was not to start the Christian religion or to win protest votes against Moses,Mohammed or Buddha. His mandate was twofold: first to reveal and then to redeem the blueprintimage and likeness of the invisible God in human form!Instead of an instruction Manual, The Bible is a mirror, revealing our redeemed identity.We are not window-shopping the promises; we are gazing in the mirror of our true likeness!Any striving to become more like Jesus through personal devotion and diligence, no matter howsincere, bears the same fruit of failure and guilt. Jesus did not come to condemn the world but tofree the world. Religion has majored on guilt and will-power driven sentiment which engagedman in futile efforts to save and improve himself.