John the Baptist was recognised as a holy man, a prophet of God. The Pharisees even asked him straight out if he was the messiah they were expecting? But God had sent John to point out the true messiah, Jesus. You might have thought that everyone would believe the testimony of an acknowledged prophet. But no, his own people, the Jewish religious establishment of the day, rejected Jesus.
However, on the first page of John’s gospel is this wonderful statement:
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
The Jews of Jesus’s day may have rejected him, but the good news is that despite this rejection by his own people, any one else in the world at any time who believes and accepts Jesus for who he truly is, has the right to be a child of God.
John 1:6-14 NLT
God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t 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. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
Jesus is the light that John came to tell everyone about. I have had the light of Jesus shine into my life and I have experienced the liberation, the re-birth, into this new and all conquering Light. I have been invited to take my place as a new child of God. My life will never be the frightening and desperate struggle it once was as I groped around in the dark looking for a safe place to be. Now my life is bathed in light. I can see where I am going and I can see danger coming in the distance. The light reveals the danger that lurks ahead and so I have time to prepare to meet it with confidence instead of fear. My goal is to continue to walk in the light of Jesus for the rest of my life.
Judges 11:1-12:15, John 1:1-28, Psalms 101:1-8, Proverbs 14:13-14