December 23rd – Children of God

John 1:9 – 13

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.

In this passage we witness Jesus as incarnate or fully human. For me, it talks about and recognises the gift the world had received – the gift of Jesus, the Messiah. The Messiah was prophesied to be the ‘anointed one’, sent by God to save all Jews and bring them to paradise. For these reasons the Jewish people expected the Messiah to be a warrior, who would defeat the Romans and deliver them from persecution. It became evident this was not the person of Jesus and so, for this reason reason he was rejected by the Jewish people and accused of blasphemy. These verses tell us we have a choice whether we want to recognise and receive the Messiah and that we each are sons and daughters of God through Jesus. How do you recognise Jesus today? I often think that Jesus’ ministry and crucifixion must have been made a whole lot easier because he was the Son of God. But I have come to realise that this is wrong as we too, are sons and daughters of God, and so Jesus suffered just as much as we do day to day. I pray that you would come to know Jesus deeper this Christmas and that you are born of the living God.

Sam Hills