People came by the thousands, out into the desert, to hear the prophet John preach and to get baptized by him, because of the great spiritual hunger during that time.
the Lord designed human beings with the capacity for God and a hunger for God. God created people in God’s own image, the image of Jesus, and made us to correspond to the Lord. Being made in God’s image means that people are made as personal, moral, and spiritual beings.
Some would be repelled by the light, and others would be drawn to it.
Yet, tragically, most people did not even recognize the light in spite of the Baptist’s testimony.
John was saying this man, this construction worker from Nazareth, was Almighty God himself.
Life versus Death
Light versus Darkness
Love versus Hate
Belief versus Unbelief.
The scribes understood that Jesus was claiming the same essence as God. In fact the Pharisees told Him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
To support his testimony, and his case that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and to support his claim that by believing in Jesus you will have life in His name, John recorded seven of Jesus’ miracles which acted as supernatural signs from Almighty God, as heaven’s testimony to earth of the truth of Jesus’ deity and work.
I picture John by candlelight, yet his papyrus glows with an otherworldly illumination. The ink in its well is like a pool of phosphorescence, and the tip of his quill lambent with supernatural light. “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world,” he writes
Because what the culture you and I are a part of will, to a very great extent, determine what we beliefs are willing to entertain.
According to Irenaeus, who lived around 130 to 202 A.D., the apostle John wrote the final form of his gospel in Ephesus, sometime toward the end of the first century.