The Jews as a nation did not receive Jesus as their Messiah. However, this national rejection was not complete. Some Jews did come to saving faith in Jesus Christ as some Jews today are doing the same. The Christian church is built up of individuals who through personal faith receive Jesus Christ as God’s unique Son, the light of the world and the only Savior from sin. In our day, we often hear the terms “making a decision for Christ” or “asking Christ into my heart”. However, faith in Christ is never merely a man-made resolution or emotional impulse. John talks about receiving (action that results in Jesus Christ occupying the center place in our thoughts, conversations, home life, and outward activities) and believing (expresses the definite decision to accept the facts about Jesus as true, to love and desire to belong to Christ, and to commit to live in the light of that belief). When we do that, like John, we will experience the fullness of God’s power and grace concentrated completely in Christ. Grace that will never cease; truth that will never compromise! Now that is something worth living for!
Questions for further thought:
1. How does verse 14 present Jesus as the unique Son of God? Describe some of the qualities that make Him unique.
2. John the Baptist had a purpose and aim to his life. What would you say is your main purpose of your life and your personal aim?
Challenge: Ask God to give you a willingness to place your life, your loved ones, your time, your possessions, your plans fully in His hands. Wait expectantly as God works through your life!
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