October 25, 2011
John 1:11-18 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (15) John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. (16) And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. (17) For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (18) No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

We are beginning to see a theme. In verse five, we see The Light shining and the darkness does not comprehend or understand it. In verse ten, we see that the world was made by him, but did not know him. Now, in verse eleven, we see that Jesus came to His own people, and His own people, as a whole, did not know Him. For thousands of years, the nation of Israel has been looking for their Messiah - Jesus. The Old Testament perfectly describes Jesus. The Old Testament also describes how Jesus will come. Even with such a perfect description, the Jewish people did not recognize Jesus when He came. In fact, they rejected Him and later killed him.

We also begin to see the difference between the Law which came through Moses and the grace which Jesus gives us.