Pin It I was just pondering these verses from John 1:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive 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 Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The first group - John 1:1-4 - were verses that the girls memorized in AWANAS. The second group - John 1:10-14 - were in a song from a musical that I learned years and years ago, so I'm well familiar with the verses. I was wondering as I was sitting on a comfortable, padded, church pew the other day, with the temperature in the room just right (no easy feat here in TX, where it's 80 degrees one day and 50 the next!) dressed in my nice Christmas clothes, would WE recognize Him? If He walked into the room, would He look like we thought he should?
I used to not "get" how people did not recognize Jesus. I'd read stories in the Bible and just wonder how it was that they couldn't see who He was. Hadn't they read the Scripture? I really didn't understand. Now as I'm older and hopefully a little more wiser, I DO understand. I think we set a preconceived notion in our heads of what He looks like, or SHOULD look like; picture Him as what our need of Him would look like. Then what happens if He were to walk in and doesn't look like that at all? Would I be ambivalent, as I would be with any stranger? Or would I flat out reject Him because He didn't fit in the box I made?
Do I know Him well enough that I would recognize Him? Am I able to look past ME long enough to really know Him and see who He really is?
These are the thoughts in my head the past couple of days, amidst the busyness of this Christmas season.