Following Jesus • 5 / See the Light

Read This: John 1:6-13

God didn’t slip Jesus into the world on the sly. He sent a herald — someone who shouts the news and proclaims that big things are coming. God even predicted the herald’s arrival centuries earlier (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1).
 
That herald was John the Baptist.
 
John the Baptist wasn’t the Savior (called the Light in this passage). John was the herald announcing Him. So who is the Light? The One who reveals God to all people. The One who created the world and entered it. Jesus Christ. (See Day 4.)
 
However, even though Jesus made the world — giving Him rightful ownership — the world didn’t acknowledge Him. Neither did the Jews (God’s chosen people). That’s because human history begins with rebellion (a fight for who’s boss), and the consequence of rebellion is blindness. We can’t recognize reality unless God opens our eyes to it (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
 
But anyone who does recognize that Jesus is God and believes in Him (more on this later), God adopts that person as His own child. You can’t become God’s child by birth (e.g., by being Jewish), or by desire, or by determination. Only by believing that Jesus is God. That’s called seeing the Light.
 
Action: If you’re wrestling to see Jesus as God, pray 2 Corinthians 4:4 for yourself. Ask God to muscle Satan aside and open your blinded eyes. And if you do believe Jesus is God, pray that same verse for a “blinded” friend.
 

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