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Jesus in the world
Bible Passage John 1:6-18
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book John.

Jesus in the World

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 14, 2022

6 There was a man sent by God, whose name was John.

7 He came for a witness, that he might testify concerning the light so that through him all might believe.

8 He was not the light, but came that he might testify concerning the light.

9 The true light was that which enlightens everyone who comes into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through Him, but 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 authority to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name;

13 Who were not begotten by bloodlines, nor by the will of the flesh, nor by the will of man, but by the will of God.

14 And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us (and we ourselves beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten with the Father), full of grace and truth.

15 John testified concerning Him, and proclaimed, saying, “This was He of Whom I said, ‘He Who comes after me has precedence over me because He was before me.’ ”

16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.

17 For the law was given through Moses, and the grace and the truth came through Jesus Christ.

18 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 the Baptist announced the coming of Jesus as the world’s light. John called people to faith and repentance so they would be prepared to receive Jesus, but John himself could not give them the light and life of God. Only Jesus could do that (verses 6-9), Hallelujah!

The coming of Jesus into the world was like a person’s coming to his hometown. But the people who lived in the ‘town’, especially his own people Israel, refused to receive Him. Any, however, who did receive him, whether Israelites or others, became His true people. Such people are God’s true children. They come into this privileged relationship not through birth into a particular family or nation, nor through the actions of others on their behalf, but only through their personal reception of Jesus Christ (verses 10-13).

As long as the eternal Word remained with God in the unseen heavenly world, it was to a large extent hidden and unknown, but when God became a human being in the person of Jesus, the Word could be seen and heard by all (verses 14 & 18).

Although John preceded Jesus, in both his birth and his ministry, Jesus preceded John in that He was the eternal Word. The one who had always existed as God now took upon Himself human form and made God known to humankind. He showed people what God was like not by commanding them to keep the law given to Israel, but by supplying grace and truth in unlimited supply to meet all their needs (John 1:15-18).

🔷 Jesus is the only way to salvation

🔷 Jesus accepts all persons despite their race or ethnicity

🔷 God’s messengers must preach about Christ and not about themselves

💥 Pray that you will walk with Christ always

We must count ourselves privileged for the dwelling of Christ. When we believe, we shall be empowered and authorized to rule the world with Christ.

In series Bright Morning Reflections