Jesus is the true light. He came into the world 2000 years ago and the world would never be the same. When he was in the world, though, we didn’t recognize him for who he is. Yet for those who do recognize and receive Jesus as the True Light, they will be born of God!
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Can you imagine? If you were the author of creation, the one who spoke and the world came into being, and you visited the world, wouldn’t you desire for people to acknowledge you as the creator? This is what happened with Jesus: He came and was not recognized.
In fact, he came first and foremost to his own people, the people of Israel. Messiah is Jewish. He is their Messiah. And so Jesus came to Jews first and then to Gentiles (non-Jews). And when he came to the Jews, through a Jewish family in the line of King David as it was prophesied, in the town of Bethlehem as it had been prophesied, his own did not receive him.
As Jesus grew and lived he was one of the guys. One of the neighbours. The carpenter’s son. They knew him and worked with him and didn’t identify anything extraordinary about him. When he started his public ministry in his early 30’s, all of that history communicated that Jesus was a normal man. So they did not receive him as Messiah.
They were looking for a military leader to revolt against the Romans. We even see Jesus’ own followers speak of this kind of power play. At his arrest, Peter wants to turn it into a fight, believing that Jesus’ rise to power as Lord and King will be thwarted by his arrest. Jesus was already Lord and King.
Yet they did not receive him…
I hope you might realize that (vs 12) to those who do receive him, to those who believe in his name, he gives the right to become children of God. This is spiritual. When you believe upon Jesus, you are born of God. Born again. Of God.
So believe in the true light today.
Believe in Messiah Jesus.
Be born of God today…