“He came into the very world He created but the world did not recognise Him. He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn – not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God..”
John’s gospel may not be the most read passage at Christmas due to his omission of the nativity, yet it contains such an incredible depth of theology and truth about Jesus’ birth and the reason Jesus came to the earth.
John begins to tell his readers that Jesus (The Word) was there at the very beginning of time. He was with God and was God (The Holy Trinity). John even explains that it was through The Word, that the world was created and through Him, life and light were birthed.
John then comes to the climax of his narrative and tells us that Jesus came into the very world He created. Why? So that all who believe may have everlasting life and become adopted into God’s own family, as sons and daughters of the Most High. Those who believe are spiritually reborn into God’s family – the past is gone and the new has come.
Sadly many rejected Jesus, even His own people, the Jews. They were awaiting a Saviour of a different kind. A more ‘political’ leader. Yet what they didn’t realise is that Jesus’ Kingdom and government have no end.. It’s peace will never end as He reigns with justice and fairness (Isaiah 9:7).
We are also presented with the same choice as the Jews of Jesus’ time and all those who have rejected Him since. Do we believe that Jesus was really God, that He really did come into the world He created and really does want to have a relationship with you? Do we believe that God wants us to be part of His family, so much so that He gave His own Son for us? Or do we just believe that the nativity story is nice for children and that is where it ends? The choice is yours.