Child of God

[Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! If you haven't watched today's service, you may want to do that before proceeding! You have been warned. :) ]


As we looked at today in church those palm wavers were a bit confused about the Messiah. They rejoiced as He came into Jerusalem as a king, but as the week wore on and they realized he had not come to conquer their earthly enemies their shouts of praise turned into shouts of "Crucify Him!"


This was not a surprise to God, nor was it a surprise to the Messiah, Jesus.


In John 1 we read that Jesus, the Word, had been around from the beginning. All things were created through Him and life and light were in Him and that life became the light of men.


However John 1:11 says, "He [Jesus] came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him." "His own" were all the peoples of the world. "His own people" were the Jews. He was not recognized as the light, the life bringer, the Word by any.


In fact, John 1:10 says, "the world was created through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him." We see that in the Gospels as people turned away from Him, Jewish leaders looked for ways to silence Him, and even at times His own disciples needed reminding.


It's the same way today. Jesus has come to us as well, however there are many who don't recognize Him. He is seen as a great teacher or leader, a revolutionary, or a caring person to be emulated. To others He is seen as a religious leader full of hateful teachings or a liar who was not what He and others claimed He was.


There are also those who are spoken of in John 1:12-13, and I count myself among them,


"But to all who receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God."


If you believe that Jesus was the Word made flesh; God's one and only Son sent to give His life for our punishment. If you believe that He did that for you, if you receive His free gift of salvation, then God has given you the right to become His child.


So believe in Him today. Receive the gift of His Son. And if you are His child, tell someone else the Easter story. For "it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones perish." (Matthew 18:14)


Doug


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