In this passage, we are introduced to the ministry of John the Baptist. The Old Testament scriptures told of one who would come to prepare the way for the Messiah. John was clear about his purpose: to point others to the coming Jesus. When Jesus arrives on the scene, John uses clear Old Testament imagery to identify Jesus, calling him the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. John then willingly fades into the background as Jesus begins his earthly ministry.
In this passage, John tells us that the glorious Christ he has written about in previous verses has arrived. Jesus is God in the flesh; God revealed to us. Every human heart experiences a longing for the fullness of joy and satisfaction. John tells us that from the fullness of Jesus we have all received grace upon grace. John wants us to not only recognize who Jesus is but also to receive the fullness of grace that he has to offer us.
After taking a big-picture look at The Gospel of John in our first study, we now begin Sunday walking through John’s Gospel. In the prologue to his work, John sets the stage for the rest of the gospel, making staggering observations about the greatness of Jesus. There is enough here to keep our minds and hearts engaged in countless hours of study and reflection. But this greatness is not distant or out of reach. John tells us that Jesus, the light, has entered into our darkness that we may become children of God. In this passage, the greatness of Christ is expressed through the love of Christ for a broken and sinful people.
In this brief passage, John tells us the purpose of his gospel account. The Apostle John labored not only to write but to give his life so that others may know the work and identity of Jesus. In summarizing the entire Gospel of John, these 2 verses help us answer the most important questions we could ever ask: What did Jesus do? Who is Jesus? How Should we respond? These aren’t hypothetical questions. How we respond to these questions is a matter of life and death.