Christmas With Jesus
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 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.
These verses from John were true when the Apostle John wrote them, and they are still true today. Jesus created the world, the universe in its entirety. Then Jesus came to earth and grew up into a man. As Jesus began to teach…He was not recognized for who He was. He was the Son of God, God Himself in the flesh. But no matter His teachings, His miracles, His grasp of the Word that none other possessed…the Pharisees and many others refused to recognize Him for who He claimed to be. Jesus knew the laws of Moses better then the Pharisees or the Sadducees did, and still the people would not believe. Jesus posed questions they could not answer, and the unbelief of the people continued.
In today’s world we do not have the benefit of Jesus being here with us. We are told to walk by faith, believe in what we can’t see (2 Corinthians 5:7). We do however have the rich testimony of the New Testament books. These books of the bible tie into the Old Testament quite regularly. There is so much evidence of Jesus having been here!! The events in the New Testament have plenty of corroborating evidence even in the so-called secular world. Jesus is the most referred to subject by far in the world today, more books have been written about Him than anyone else. The more archeologists excavate in the biblical cities, the more things they find that prove the statements of the bible to be true!
With all this, unbelief is rampant in today’s world. With all the evidence available to us in the bible, in secular writings, in books written by disciples of the Apostles, all the things found by archeologists, and even science itself…it takes more faith to disbelieve Christ than it does to believe in Him. Science says that the world as we know it should not even exist! It (the world) should fly apart, why doesn’t it? The power of Christ is why! Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
As we celebrate the birth of Christ and all that this earth-shaking event means…lets take a moment to pray for those who do not yet know Christ as Savior.
Father may You open the eyes of the blind that they may see. I pray your Holy Spirit would be working in those who do not know You even now. Let those we know see You in us. May our actions reflect the love You have given us. May your Spirit guide us as we seek to help a hurting world. Amen.