The True Light
John now identifies Jesus as the True Light. The implication is interesting because a "true" light implies that there is one or more "false" lights. Light in this context is in contrast to the darkness that mankind has been suffering from. In conjunction with Jesus being defined as the Word of God in reference to His deity and in reference to His presence and activity in creation, light may also be a reference to the first order of creation, or may be used as an analogy of God's activity in the dark, void, and formless world of mankind. The connection between the Word and the Light is that the life that is in the Word is the Light of all mankind.
The True Light is true by definition here because He gives light to everyone. This speaks of Jesus as relevant to all of mankind, not just the Jews. Ironically, today, Jesus is more relevant to Gentiles and is rejected by the people He became a part of (for the most part).
Now John states the message of the Gospel in very simple terms - those who receive Jesus are given the right to become children of God because they become born of God. Ultimately, salvation comes by having a relationship with Jesus, with God. We enter into that relationship just by saying, "yes" to Him, and He takes care of the rest. There are no special rules and you do not have to be born out of a certain line, other than God's line, which is all made possible by the work, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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