GOD BECAME A MAN: (John 1:10-14).
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
When John says that Jesus came to His own, he is saying that Jesus came to the Jews (Jesus was a Jew), but they did not receive Him as their Messiah. Jesus went to the Israelites first before going to the rest of the world, but they rejected Him. Not all of them of course – some believed in Jesus – but as a whole, the nation of Israel rejected Jesus as their Messiah. But the good news is found in the very next verse – it says that anyone who does receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour is given the power to become children of God and be adopted into God’s family. Praise the Lord! That’s a great verse to underline in your own Bible and memorize. The Prince of Preachers said, “What is it to believe in Him? It is not merely to say, “He is God and the Saviour,” but to trust Him wholly and entirely and take Him for all your salvation from this time forth and forever as your Lord, your Master, your all. If you will have Jesus, He has you already. If you believe in Him, I tell you that you cannot go to hell, for then Christ’s death would be in vain.” (Charles Spurgeon, All of Grace).
When you believe in Jesus, you’re not just joining a religion: you’re becoming a part of a family. You’ll become one of God’s children. In another place, John writes, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).
When John says those who are born again are not born of the will of man, but of God, He is saying that if we are born into the family of God, it wasn’t us choosing God, but God choosing us. John makes this clear a little later in this Gospel when he quotes Jesus saying, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you.” (John 15:16). That’s Good News! Sometimes people think that God would never choose them, but He delights to choose us! If we choose Him it is because He first chose us. John said, “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19). The point is that God chooses us, and we respond by choosing Him. There are so many Scriptures that bear out this wonderful truth! “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). This is the Good News of the Bible!
14 And the Word became 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.
What does it mean to say that Jesus became flesh? The New Living Bible translates that verse like this: “So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us.” In the Message Bible, it says: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” I like that one too. What John is saying here is that the God who dwelt in the awesome majesty of Heaven – the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, glorious, majestic King – stepped out of Heaven to become a human being in the form of His Son Jesus Christ.
Can you imagine living in the bliss and paradise of Heaven and then coming down to the sin-cursed Earth, where we work by the sweat of our brow, we get tired, hungry, thirsty? The Bible says about Jesus: “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15, NLT). Everything you’ve gone through – every trial, every pain you’ve experienced – Jesus experienced it. “Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted.” (Heb. 2:17-18, NLT).
God became a human being! The theologians have a fancy word to describe this event – the Incarnation. “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (John 1:18). Jesus came to reveal the God the Father to us. If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. As a pastor trying to communicate this amazing truth with people, it’s hard to find words to describe it, so I’m going to use a story.
Pastor Chris Jordan