The Word Received…or Not Received

from Lynda Lindsey

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:1-5

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. 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 1:10-13

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Receiving rooms, special areas set aside where honored guests and visitors are received, greeted, and made welcome, are mostly a thing of the past, except in the case of government leaders, the aristocracy, or royalty. Presidents, for example, receive, or allow access to and grant an audience with ambassadors or other visitors on official business, welcoming them as honored dignitaries. Couples usually host a wedding reception after the ceremony to celebrate and greet friends and guests. Once the event or celebration concludes, the rooms empty out, the guests depart, and it’s mostly business as usual. It’s quite a different story, though, to be received into the family of God!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. What believer doesn’t thrill to these familiar words? Yet unbelievers are often puzzled, baffled by the same words. To all who receive the Living Word, to those who by faith welcome Jesus as Lord, He grants a new birth into His eternal household. He doesn’t just shake our hand in a receiving line and move on after the event finishes; Jesus moves in, and we receive blessings upon blessings in the fulness of His grace and truth!

At Jesus’ birth, some believed and understood; some did not. As Jesus began His ministry, some believed and understood; some did not. It’s no different today. Some receive the Word and believe; some do not. Our responsibility as believers? Shine His light into the darkness of unbelief. Be visible and tangible witnesses of His grace and truth. Point the way to the Way of Life and Truth! Recognize Him, receive Him, and make Him known!