For the first post of the year, I think I’ll start with John, so let’s continue with the prolog as he is talks about the Word.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
One commentator (Gill) considers this phrase as referring to the Word’s presence in the beginning of the world, not at the time of His incarnation. Another commentator (Henry) thinks this phrase refers to the Word’s presence in the world from its very beginning. While Henry’s claim is true, I cannot agree with either one. I think John is focusing on the incarnate Christ only. He shows in the next phrase Jesus’ role in the creation of the world, and finally tells us that in spite of all this, the world didn’t recognize Him.
1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Now we are focusing on the time of the Word’s walk among the Jews. Jesus revealed Himself to His own people: Not only the townspeople He grew up with in Nazareth, but to the nation of Israel. This time, however, they would not accept Him for who he was even though He was revealing His true identity almost daily. The religious leaders probably knew He was the Son of God, but refused to accept Him.
1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Here we see an attribute of God that we see throughout the New Testament: The grace of God. Jesus welcomes any and all that believe (receive) Him. He is always ready to forgive and accept any who believe “on His name.”
1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Here is the key we gentiles must always remember: as Christians we were born of God. We cannot call Abraham our father, as the Jewish people do. We were born a second time into the family of God as co-heirs with Jesus. This is the only way we can become sons of God. Because we acknowledge and believe in Christ, we are adopted into the family. Nothing we can do on our own will get us a position in the family.
1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
And the Word of God became Jesus the Christ, the Anointed One, and dwelt with us. His glory was the glory of God. And again, attributes: “full of grace and truth.” That is to say, God is love and God is the light which reveals our own foolishness and shows us the right path.
Thank you for reading. God bless you.