He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in his name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
My, as I begin to pick apart this Book of John, I am asking for fresh vision into this Man who died for my sins. More than I have. I'm taking this easy and soaking in more than before. I'm relying on His Spirit to open my eyes, heart and spirit more. More! Join me, please.
Jesus made all things, was here in the flesh, talking about who He was, what He came to do, saying and doing miraculous things, and not all noticed, or wanted to. His own people in His hometown did not believe He, Jesus, the carpenter's son, was actually the Son of God, the Messiah they had heard would come.
Things haven't changed much. Yet the story about Him hasn't died. It goes on, as He says it will (Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Matthew 24:35).
Amazing, isn't it? His words will not die.
Still some do not look at this Man as Creator-God at one end and the sacrificial Lamb who died for all of us at the other end. In life and death He is awesome. It's a lot to comprehend, yet so easy. But through His Spirit and His drawing, many have come to believe and understand the greatness of this, the love this Man has for all, the sacrifice He went through for each person, and which rejection He must continue to endure to this day. And yet, He has the right to judge and reject those who will not believe.
But as many as received Him, to THEM He gave the right to become children of God. What a privilege to be in that place. I was born in the flesh by the will of the flesh, but real life came through Christ and my receiving of Him. That is the important issue.
Contemplate such a thing. What is worth everything is spiritually born and grown, not physically. Nothing in this world compares to what Jesus offers us. Yet people, like in His day, choose the comforts of their earthly lives over Him and the gift He has to offer.
1John 2:15-17 - Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.