“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (Joh 1:10-13)
As our High Priest, Jesus is familiar with our feelings, emotions, and life experiences (see Hebrews 4:15). He know what it feels like to want and expect acceptance, yet, to be met with rejection (see Luke 13:34). Yet, unlike some of us, He was not thrown of by this rejection. Why? Because He knew that He was accepted by His Heavenly Father and that was all that matter.
The Jews of Jesus’ time were looking and waiting for the Messiah to come, but when he appeared, he was not what they were expecting. They rejected Him simply because He was not who they wanted Him to be. However, Jesus did not need their acceptance. He knew His true identity. He knew His purpose. And He knew His God.
Today’s scripture gives us a profound truth: When we believe that Jesus is the Son of God sent to save and redeem fallen man, we gain the power (or the right) to call ourselves a Child of God. Or, in a simpler form…
Accepting Christ = Being Accepted by God
…and here’s the beautiful thing: We didn’t choose Him. No one chose Him for us. No. He chose us first. Therefore, God chose to accept us. It was according to His will. God chose to accept us because He loves us and He wants us.