There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 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 those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even 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.
– John 1:9-13
We pick up today where we left off yesterday in the beginning of John’s gospel.
The true Light “enlightens every man.” With the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is an unfailing focus on the individual. Individuals receive Him and individuals reject Him, but it is to individuals He comes.
We live in an age marked by tribalism. It’s usually called “identity politics,” but that term obscures the depraved nature of the reality. Everything is about groups; we’re all pressured to join a gang because that’s how you survive in an environment where peace and order are breaking down. Jesus will not negotiate with tribes. He deals with individuals.
And then there’s the irony of ironies: He came into the world He had made and the world He had made did not recognize Him. How can this be except for the myopia and obtuseness which are the result of the selfishness which the world practices.
Tribal leaders usually do not want to relinquish their power, and the world is the biggest tribe of all. This why it’s usually easier to find faith at the lower end of the social order because people at the upper end are too afraid of what will happen to them if they let go of what power they have.
In His first coming, Jesus came to the Jews…who, as a general rule, did not receive Him. In His second coming, Jesus came to the Christians…who, as a general rule, did not receive Him. Thus to this day, Jews say their Messiah did not come Christians say He did not come again. Yet to those individuals who receive Him go the riches of the inheritance of the sons of God.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, thank You for finding me and revealing Yourself to me. Now reveal Yourself to others through me…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)