10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
According to John, Jesus Christ, who has been with God from all eternity (v. 1), “was in the world”. This certainly refers to Christ’s incarnation, His coming to this world in the form of a man and His dwelling among men. The One who was invisible to men, has revealed Himself to them. What great wonder it was that the eternal Son of God has come into this world! He was in the world which was “made by him”.
Though His great power and wisdom have been seen through all His magnificent creatures since the days of Creation, John here emphasises the fact of His remarkable presence in the world. The Creator of the world was in it like one of its dwellers. He appeared like every other man, yet He was unlike them. He was God in human form, dwelling in the world.
It was most wonderful that the eternal God would condescend to this world to dwell among a people who cared not for Him. The Son of God, who was with the Majesty on High, has descended into this poor and miserable sin-cursed world. He who has been the light eternal has come into this dark world.
This was the greatest divine favour this world had ever received. Oh, how great was His condescension! How marvellous was His love that caused Him to stoop down to this world! From the glory of heaven, He came to live in this world of dust. From the celestial world of ceaseless praise and worship by innumerable angelic creatures, He descended to a world of rebellion and wickedness. How amazing was His love that accepted the most appalling of conditions – being born in a stable, being poorer than birds and foxes, having no place to call as His own home. Homeless and poor was He, wandering from place to place!
Though the world had the greatest honour of the visitation and the hallowed presence of the eternal Son of God, “the world knew him not.” The worst tragedy of this world is that it did not acknowledge its Creator who was in its midst! It was the greatest neglect, the meanest conduct of the world. The world did not accept His loving words and actions. They wickedly rejected Him and put Him to death! As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:8, “had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” Rejection of Christ proves the world’s tragic condition of sin and pride.