Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 14th, 2016

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

John 1:10-12 (NIV)

His Own Did Not Receive Him

Many of His own people did not recognize Jesus as Lord. Many people today mistake Jesus for being a good moral teacher but miss Him as Lord and God. Pray for someone you know to receive Jesus Christ as Lord today!

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Devotion

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Jesus said that a prophet is without honour in his own town. He had returned to Nazareth and the people there viewed Him simply as one of their own. They missed His power and majesty completely. This shouldn’t be surprising. John says this in John 1:10-12: “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” It wasn’t just Nazareth. John says that the world, which was created by Him, did not receive Him. Thankfully there were and are exceptions. While the powerful and wealthy wanted to get rid of Him, the needy recognized Him as the only one who could meet their needs. They reached out in faith to Him. They were forgiven and set free from their sin. And if this wasn’t enough, they became the children of God. Much of the world still rejects Jesus. If they would only recognize Him and turn their hearts to Him, He would replace their sin, guilt and shame with His grace and peace. But John says the world would not. What about you? Jesus has stepped into this world. But has He stepped into your heart and life today? Invite Him to do so today.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley