Caution: Scary truth
I want to point out a scary truth. You can really miss out seeing Jesus.
John points out that Jesus came to His own and they didn’t recognize Him. Jesus was in their presence and they couldn’t tell that it was Him — the one and only Son of God.
And it’s not like He was hiding. No, He was being very explicit. He was even doing miracles.
He was talking, teaching, and preaching to them trying to tell them who He is in understandable ways using human examples to explain spiritual information.
And it’s not like they weren’t expecting Him.
There are several instances where someone asked John the Baptist if he is the prophet they’ve been expecting and then some people who see Jesus’ miracles or hear His words admit this really is the prophet who was to come.
We need to know how this could happen to them so it doesn’t happen to us.
Based on what I’ve read in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) Here are two suggestions as to how they could do this.
1. They made their own version of Jesus
They had made up their own version. They had come up with their own God and it looked a lot like themselves or some of the other kings.
They wanted a conquering King, not one born in a barn. They wanted a warrior that looked the part and was ready to fight. So they couldn’t see what was right in front of them.
Paul summarizes for us.
Romans 1:22-23 says people exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles
Have we made our own version of Jesus?
God seems to unrealistic or too powerful so we come up with images that resemble what we’re familiar with. Have we exchanged Him for something less offensive and easy to understand? Or have we done as Thomas Jefferson did and “cut out the parts” we don’t like or agree with?
If Jesus stepped foot in our Church would we ignore Him, dismiss Him, and reject Him because He didn’t look anything like we thought.
I wonder how often we ignore or miss God’s voice because it didn’t fit into the categories we created?
2. Sin had blinded them.
As John will go on to tell us later in chapter 3, they loved darkness rather than light.
They wanted their high positions and their power. People were comfortable doing what they wanted to do without anyone telling them what to do.
and Sin has a way of distorting our vision. God becomes bad. Bad becomes good. Darkness becomes light.
Spiritual eyes to see
We need spiritual eyes to see. Our natural eyes are calloused and blind to see Jesus even if He’s were standing right in front of us.
Ask God to give you eyes to see and ears to hear (Mark 8:18, Matthew 13:16). Don’t let your own version of Jesus dim out the true glorious reality of Jesus. Don’t let your sinful desires to stay the same keep you from walking in close relationship with the one an only son of God.
Don’t miss Jesus.