(1-21) For God So Loved the World
The light (Jesus) came into the world, but the world in general rejected the light because it would rather continue in darkness instead of be saved out of it. Those who love what is wrong, hate the light and do not come to it. But whoever loves what is right and does what is right, loves the light and seeks the light until they find it.
(22-36) John the Baptist Exalts Christ
John the Baptist was not resentful of the fact that people were leaving him and going to Jesus. He recognized that his decreasing and Christ’s increasing must take place. John pictures Jesus as a bridegroom and he pictures himself as the friend of that bridegroom who greatly rejoices when he hears His voice. His joy is complete because Christ has come and is fulfilling His Father’s will. John redirects all people away from himself and toward Jesus. “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,” he says. “Whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life.”
Favorite verse: (21) But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”