John 1:1-14New Living Translation (NLT)
Prologue: Christ, the Eternal Word
1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
14 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.
“The Word became human and made His dwelling…His home…among us”. These words have such great meaning for you and I. The Word, Jesus, was with God in the beginning and nothing was made that was no through Him. We were loved so much that the Word left His heavenly home to offer us…flawed humans…a heavenly home with Him. He left everything…gave up everything…just to reconcile us to God. And yet even His own people rejected Him…they were threatened by Him and His teachings. If they were to believe in Jesus, it meant that they were wrong and had to change their ways. In and through Jesus we are being recreated into the children…the sons and daughters…of God..He is still creating even to this day.
Jesus was there from the beginning…from the dawn of time. And yet the very world that was created through Him did not even recognize the Divine. Even today,we at times do not recognize Him standing right in front of us. Or maybe we refuse to see Him because it would mean that we would have to do something… Either way, we don’t perceive Him at times.
So…what is the choice we have to make? We can either admit that we are wrong and He is in front of us, trying to open our eyes to see more clearly. Or, we can continue with the blinders of the world and go on with our “happy little lives”. Which will you choose?
Joshua 24:15New International Version (NIV)
15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”