“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. (John 1:10, NIV 1984).
My Musings – John packs a lot into his Gospel, of which this verse is only a sample. I invite you to read the entire chapter. But first, let’s unpack this verse.
He Was In The World – “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” (John 1:14, NIV 1984). The Son of God left the side of His Father, left the splendor of Heaven, where He had spent eternity past, to become a man and live among us. Not merely a man, but “a man of sorrows.” Not just to live among us, but to die for us. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8, NIV 1984).
The World Was Made Through Him – “Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3, NIV 1984). Though the world, even the entire universe, was created through Him. He entered into and became part His own creation.
His Own Did Not Recognize Him – “Don’t you know me…even after I have been among you…? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?” (John 14:9–10, NIV 1984). His own, the very ones He created failed to recognize who He was. Despite the fact that the entire Scriptures up to that time pointed to Him. They were expecting Him. They were looking for Him. Yet when He came, most missed Him.
His Own Did Not Receive Him – “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. (John 19:14–16, NIV 1984). Despised and rejected. They had their own idea of who they were looking for. A temporal king. A temporal restoration of the kingdom of Israel. In the process, they failed to receive the eternal (Alpha and Omega) King of kings. They failed to enter into the eternal Kingdom of God.
My Advice – That was then. Now we know…the rest of the story (see below). Many continue to reject Him. “Yet to all who received 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 1984). “Born of God.” Sound rather surprising? “I [Jesus] tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5–8, NIV 1984).
The Rest of the Story was a Monday-through-Friday radio program originally hosted by Paul Harvey. Beginning as a part of his newscasts during the Second World War and then premiering as its own series on the ABC Radio Networks on May 10, 1976, The Rest of the Story consisted of stories presented as little-known or forgotten facts on a variety of subjects with some key element of the story (usually the name of some well-known person) held back until the end. The broadcasts always concluded with a variation on the tag line, “And now you know…the rest of the story.” (Wikipedia).
Don’t be satisfied with merely knowing the rest of the story. Become a part of the story. Be born of God, born of the Spirit, born again. Possible all because “once upon a time” “the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” But He really came to die for us. And that is the “rest of the story.” Yet there is no living “happily ever after” unless we are born again.