I wonder. We are in the midst of an information technology revolution – a global revolution much bigger than the Industrial Revolution. All is intended to enlighten us. But is the information both “true” and “light”?
He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, and the world did not know him.
Jesus’ biographer makes a giant leap here. He has written about “the light”, “the true” “coming into the world”. Now he writes that this has taken place and that it was a “he” who “was in the world”. The Baptist bore witness to a “he”.
I think you will agree that the world exists. In that case, what do you think about the fact that the one through whom the AD 30 world came into being was actually present in the AD 30 world?
You may well have thought the same thing that John wrote. It rather obviously must be the case that, at that time, “the world did not know him”. It still doesn’t accept him.
He came into his own and his own did not take hold of him.
The creator comes to his creation. The pinnacle of that creation – human beings – “did not accept him”. Nothing has changed.
In fact whosoever laid hold of him, to them he gave authority to come to be children of God—to those believing into his name.
In fact the “light”, the “true” – “he” who "came to his own things" - actually came to give. And “he” is still giving. What he gives is even better than any heaven which any of us could imagine.