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The Witness

April 13, 2009

“There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 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 received 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, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:6-14 NIV)

John the Baptist was sent by God to bear witness to “the light”. John the Baptist was not the light, he came to testify concerning the light. Based on the context of the previous verses and verse 14 that follows we are to understand that John the Baptist came to testify about Jesus, the incarnate Word of God. Jesus is the “Word that became flesh and made his dwelling among us”. Jesus is the “true light” in whom we are to believe. How amazing! The Son of God, who is himself God, condescended to take on human flesh for us. Jesus revealed his glory to us in the miracles he performed. In everything that Jesus did while clothed in human flesh we see God’s glory on display.

Jesus came to his own, but his own did not receive him. But anyone who did receive him he “gave the right” to become children of God. Becoming a child of God is by God’s grace alone. God is sovereign and he knows who his children are. Yet our free will is involved in receiving Christ. This seems impossible for us to reconcile (God’s sovereign choice and our free will), but what is impossible to us is not impossible to God. We serve a God who calls things that are not as though they were. God made us who we are and we cannot deny what he has made us to be. God works his will in us even though every day we make free choices to do one thing or another. He is a truly awesome and amazing God!

I am so glad that the one and only Son of God who is full of grace and truth chose to dwell among us. It is only through Jesus’ crucifixion–the crucifixion of the Word made flesh–that we have the expectant hope of eternal salvation.

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