Day 1: John 1

Do we recognize him?

“10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.”
- John 1:10-13 (NLT)

In the first chapter of his Gospel, John makes the case for Jesus as the Son of God. John’s account focuses on Christ’s divinity; Jesus was flesh and blood born of a woman, but he was also wholly God at the same time.

As I read this first chapter, so much stands out, and there’s a million different directions we could go. But as I pour over the words, verses 10-13 stick out because they reveal two options we have: place our faith in Him, or fail to recognize who He is.

We see that Jesus came to His own creation—his own people even—but the world failed to recognize who He really was. And reading this, I question how anyone could see what Jesus did, be raised hearing the prophecies of the Savior, wait generations for the Messiah to show up and still miss it when He reveals himself.

But how often do we fail to see God moving today? With so much around us, we can fail to see what God is wanting to do in and through us. But yet Christ is still here, waiting for us to see. The choice to recognize Him is ours.

The lesson from these verses is the Good News in a nutshell. Jesus came into the world and—rather than force himself on us—gives us the opportunity to choose Him. So, will you recognize Jesus for who He is?

Our Prayer:

Thank you Lord for stepping down into your creation so I can have a relationship with you. Thank you that because of what you’ve done, I am a child of God. Lord help me not to get so distracted and preoccupied with the here and now that I fail to see what you want me to see. May I not reject your word or your voice because I can’t hear it. Give me a new sensitivity to your voice. Thank you for the new birth that comes from you, and may I do everything I can to point as many people to you as I can, that your name would be made famous in my life, my family, my city, and my world. Thank you that you are who you say you are, and you do what you say you do. Amen.