He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive 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. John 1:11-13 (NIV)
When Jesus entered the world as a newborn baby, many of the people who had been looking for the birth of the long promised Messiah, written about in the Old Testament by prophets of God, did not recognize Jesus as that Messiah.
They expected a conquering King, not a baby born to poor parents.
A powerful leader, not someone trained as a carpenter who wandered the countryside for three years with a ragtag bunch of followers, preaching about a “kingdom of God”, stirring up the people and challenging the religious leaders of the day.
Someone to save them from the difficult life circumstances of being subject to the Roman conquerors of their territory.
Jesus was rejected by many of his own people of that day.
Those he came to reveal God’s Kingdom to.
Those who he invited to live in this kingdom.
Those who had been looking for the Messiah – and often, those who were the religious priests and leaders.
Yet to all who did receive 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.
There were those, however, who did believe that Jesus was sent by God and was the promised Messiah. These people became “children of God.” And that made all the difference.
Many today do not believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah, the one sent by God. How hard is it for you to believe? Would you like to believe? Perhaps you could pray like the father, looking for a miracle, said to Jesus, “Lord I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24 NLT)