Unrecognized

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Unrecognized

By Scott Hoezee on December 20, 2021

Read: John 1:6-13

. . . yet the world did not know him. (v. 10)

John’s prologue is lofty poetry—it’s lyric. Curiously, however, John interrupts his own poetry in verse 6 to call a time-out. He needs to make clear that this Word of God he is singing about is not John the Baptist. That was necessary because even later in the first century when John composed his Gospel, there were still quite a few people who thought John the Baptist, and not Jesus, was the promised Messiah. John had always been a more flashy preacher, after all. But no, the evangelist John points out, the Baptizer came only as a witness to the Light.

But then the song turns somber. This true Light who made this whole world came into his own world. But he went unrecognized by most. Even by his own people. Jesus was just not what a lot of folks had been looking for in a Messiah. The religious authorities were very certain Jesus was not the One because if he had been, he would have talked and acted just like the Pharisees.

Mostly those who did recognize Jesus were the down-and-outers, the “losers,” the fringe people who were banished from good company in religious circles. They saw Jesus as one of them, and Jesus welcomed them gladly. It was a scandal to the buttoned-up religious leaders of the time. But for all of us who have ever been “afar off” from God, this is one of the very best parts of the good news of the gospel! —Scott Hoezee

As you pray, thank God that by grace you recognize Jesus for who he is.

 

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