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.
It’s because the world in general has no place for Christ. The visitor stood and spoke in the direction of the voices. “It hurts to see it.” “Light always hurts before it helps,” he answered. The pain will soon pass.” “Not I,” declared a voice. “Only a fool would risk exposing his eyes to such light,” said another. Jesus came “home” to his own people and they wouldn’t take Him in.
The word, “understood” means “to lay hold of, to seize or grasp.” Something can be seized either for hostile purposes, or in order to possess it. The darkness cannot ultimately put out the light because light is more powerful than darkness. “I have what you need.” With that he turned to the pile at his feet and lit it. They should have known better because they knew He was coming.
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.
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.
He is God’s alphabet, the one who spells out deity for us. Not much has changed today as we see the birth of Jesus slipping from our cultural discourse.
He was the forerunner to Jesus and helped prepare the way for people to see Jesus for who He really was. And when Jesus finally arrived, they didn’t receive Him because they didn’t want to.
He was the conduit, if you will, to bring the power of the light to those blinded by darkness. To not receive means, “to reject.” Instead of welcoming Him home they drove Him away.
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.