John 1:9-13 – God has come to his people in the form of a man. Deity incarnate. How much more natural a vessel could God have chosen for His creation to see and understand? To what else in this world can we relate to more naturally than another man? But many in John’s day did not see the incarnate deity, Jesus Christ. Though they saw him as a man, they do not see him as God. Though they lived in a culture where God’s name was proclaimed, they did not receive Christ as King. He was there, but he was rejected. This is true in our day as well, and the text lays out some conditions necessary to receive and believe Jesus Christ and become a true child of God.
9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (ESV)