10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
I’ve never realised it previously but in this short passage John is giving an overview of what his gospel is all about. John a first-hand eyewitness, walked, talked, listened to, saw Jesus’s glory (Matt 17:1-8) and everyday life and yet acknowledges He is the only Son of God. Jesus’s greatest desire was for his people, the Jews, though many did not accept him as the Son of God.
Verses 12-13 open the way for everyone, “those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” … “born of God”, John goes on in chapter 3:1-15 to expand on this in Jesus’s conversation with Nicodemus. It’s a personal recognition and decision, it’s a spiritual change. It doesn’t matter what family or cultural background we come from, the way is open to all who recognise who Jesus is – believe in Him, (to be born again), a spiritual linage not physical, which gives us intimate access to the Father. It’s that simple.
Growing up I was Christian, my physical family’s belief background, but in my early 20’s I became a Christian through my belief in who Jesus was, the Son of God who really came and who died for my sin. My understanding and perception of everything changed in that moment, my spiritual eyes were opened as I gave my heart to Him, I was born of God.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the way that you have made to the Father for us, for me, that as we believe in your name, we are born into a new family, your family for eternity. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson