He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” The Reality of Jesus 1. For many years I thought that Jesus got his start when He was born.
As the light, Jesus shines into the darkness, and those who have not yet received Him are still in the dark and cannot understand Him. Our eyes was blind, we couldn’t see, we didn’t know who you was.” Have you been ignoring Jesus this year? While some are apathetic and ignore the Christ of Christmas, others reject Him outright.
Many people today do not comprehend the real meaning of Christmas. Don’t let this Christmas pass by without figuring out why Jesus came. Look at verse 11: “He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.” The idiom “came to his own” means “to come home.” It’s been said, “Home is where, when you go there, they have to take you in.” Jesus came to the people who should have known Him best, but they wanted nothing to do with Him.
Please turn in your Bible to John 1 and follow along as I read: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
Jesus was not only in the closest possible fellowship with God, the “Word was God.” We don’t have time this morning to explore the majestic intricacies of the doctrine of the Trinity, but suffice it to say that Jesus is not a creation of God, but is God Himself. We see in John 1:3 that Christ is also the Creator: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” This verse brings back the truth we learned in Colossians -17: “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. The infant is infinite, Christ is the Creator, and thirdly, the Lord is life and light. “It is warmer.” The stranger turned to see a figure slowly stepping toward the fire. “I can see.” “Come closer,” invited the fire builder. They didn’t seem to have a clue that it was Christmas Eve, and if they did, they didn’t seem to care.
He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
He wanted people to know that the King was about to appear and that His coming demanded a moral renewal. “I have what you need.” The cave people peered through the darkness at the figure of the stranger. This is not just an historical observation; it’s a profound theological statement. And the reason we reject Him is because we want to. To believe means to engage our total being so that we put our trust completely in Christ by committing our lives to Him.
He urged people to repent and his primary responsibility was to be a witness to the light. He was stacking something, then stooping and stacking more. While some people seem to be sincere seekers of Christ, the Bible says that most of us are looking to be rid of Him. It involves more than just intellectual assent or an emotional response.
This passage immediately reminds us of the opening words of Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God…” The word “word” is the Greek “logos,” which refers to Jesus Christ, the second member of the Trinity. The infant is infinite, Christ is the creator, and the Lord is life and light. Phillips put it this way, “We must never allow anything to blind us to the true significance of what happened at Bethlehem so long ago.
In Greek culture, logos, was that which gave meaning to all things. Leave us and take your light with you.” She turned to the stranger. ” “They choose the chill, for though it’s cold, it’s what they know. The Response to Jesus Let’s look now at three responses to Jesus. Unfortunately, verse 10 reveals that Immanuel is often ignored: “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” With all the tinsel of Christmas, it’s easy to blow right past the birth of Immanuel, which means, “God with us.” Everything starts with this truth: Jesus Christ was in the world. Nothing can alter the fact that we live on a visited planet.” There has always been a great divide in the human race.