Words from the Heart for Friday June 15th, 2018
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
John 1:10 (NIV)
The World Did Not Recognize Him
There is a very, very sad statement in this verse. When Jesus arrived to the world He created, He was not recognized. In fact, He was rejected. How painful it would be if someone rejected us but wanted to enjoy something we had made for them! The love of God was available to all. Make a list today of at least three people who have not yet said, “I need you, Lord.” He will faithfully work in their lives.
According to the Globe and Mail, there are a number of ways to recognize a Canadian. You can recognize a Canadian if they like vinegar on your French fries, think just about anything – especially barbecued salmon – goes better with maple syrup, and admit poutine could be the national dish. You can recognize a Canadian if they’ve politely said, “I’m sorry” at least once in the past week to someone who jostled them in the subway.
When Jesus was on earth, He looked just like a normal Jewish person of His day. The Bible tells us that He was fully human in every way, but was without sin. So to look at Him, He seemed like any other Israeli at the time – the son of Mary and the stepson of Joseph the carpenter. It’s not surprising then that John 1:10 tells us “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” It would take some time for even His brother James to recognize Jesus as the son of God. Even His closest followers didn’t understand who He was – at least not until after the resurrection. Jesus was fully revealed on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit filled the hearts and lives of those who loved Him. Those of us who have come to faith in Jesus Christ recognize Him for who He really is, but in His day, the Jewish and Roman leaders did not see Him as anything more than another rabble rouser who had to be killed. Who is Jesus to you? Is He your great God and Saviour?
These have been words from the heart.