“In the beginning was the Word” (v1). By using the term “the Word” to describe Jesus, John brought together the Jewish concepts of Law and Wisdom and the Greek ideas of reason and enlightenment. Jesus is the source and the fulfillment of all our human striving for understanding – the answer to all our hopes. He is not just another light or another teacher; Jesus is “the true light, which enlightens everyone” (v9). And no darkness can overcome him (v5).
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (v12). When we welcome Jesus as our “true light”, we become sons and daughters of God.