Our scripture this morning is John 1:10-14.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize 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.

John writes the sad truth that Jesus came to “the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him”. God came to be with us and people didn’t care. However, some recognized Him and followed in faith. 

We hear that we can be reborn, and Jesus speaks of it again in John 3:3 as He teaches Nicodemus the Pharisee: “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God”. This “birth that comes from God” reaffirms us as His children, made in His image and called to share His love.

God came to be with us physically during that time, to die for our sins and rise again that we might rise with Him to life everlasting. We experienced His love and saw His glory. God wants us to live in His presence, now and forever. 

Loving Lord, we are ashamed of the way we have failed to love You and obey Your commandments. Help us to walk in faith and go to all the world in Your name. Amen.

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