1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Right now you exist because of Jesus. You have breath in your lungs because of Jesus. The universe holds together because of Jesus. All things were made through Him and by Him all things remain.
Yet when Jesus came into this world in the flesh, the response of the world was to reject Him. Little did they know the One they were rejecting was the very Author of their existence.
Take a moment to gain some perspective on your life. Every relationship you hold dear exists because of Jesus. Without Jesus, that person wouldn’t be here and neither would you for that matter.
Who in your life do you need to thank Jesus for today?
John contrasts those who rejected Jesus with those who received Jesus. For those who received, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
Regardless of what your personal experience with family has been, this Father to child relationship is that of an ideal, good, and perfectly loving Father.
To receive Jesus is to receive God as Father.
Thought for Today: How does your approach to God change when you think of Him as a good Father? What misconceptions about God might you struggle with?
Today’s Prayer: Pray to God as Father. Ask Him to help you see Him for who He is. Pray that you would be able to understand God more through the person of Jesus.