John 1:12-13

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12 January, 2024



JOHN 1:12-13

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.


Scripture tells us that to receive Jesus is to believe in his name. To believe in Jesus' name is to acknowledge that Jesus is the Word become flesh. Others may pass him by, think him a stranger, but believers see his glory. We need to look on the face of Jesus until the conviction becomes rooted in our hearts that we are looking into the human face of the living God. Perhaps this face of God comes most into focus when it wears the crown of thorns.  No one can behold his face and live, see his splendour and live, see his sorrow and live. Or perhaps his sorrow is his splendour. Believing is more than seeing. It unites us to the one in whom we believe. It is through this union that we are brought into the family of God.  

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, may we not be guilty of passing you by, or be so distracted by the lights of the world that we miss you. To see you is to love you. We long to see you.

Today's devotion is written by Francis Leung, LifeWay Epping