by Jerry Watts

Jesus: Coming to the World
Jerry Watts
John 1:6-18

When you read the history of the world by reading the Old Testament writers, you come away with a clear picture of people who have been estranged from their creator. While deeply wanting to reconnect to their God, they become their own worst enemy. The pull of the flesh or the things of this world is so great, that we are incapable of overcoming by ourselves. Consider this: Pride keeps us from surrendering to the rule of someone else, desires keep us at odds with the God who created us and loves us, and stubbornness cause us not to listen to that voice which can bring help, hope, life, and light. God speaks but. Such is the history of mankind. Such is the Old Testament.

As the Old Testament ends so does the voice of God speaking to His people. For 400 years, God's chosen people heard NOT A WORD from their deity. Were I to venture an opinion, God was probably as disheartened and displeased with His Crown Creation at the end of Malachi as He was in Genesis 6 when we read God saying that He 'regretted He had made mankind.' How sad. All this truth illustrates what we all know, 'This world walks in darkness.'

I don't know why, but it seems that, over the past few months, every time I dive into God's word my mind defaults to the reminder that the WORLD IS IN DARKNESS. Getting away from this truth is something that, for now, I just can't seem to do. I want to, but it just keeps slapping me in the face. Every time that I think this truth is subsiding into unconsciousness. Something else will happen that will resurrect this truth in my mind (I.E. man killing family, killing babies in the womb, killing marines, family issues, etc). The world, by and large, is still walking in darkness which, by definition, is 'without or absent the light.'

This is why Jesus came into the world. He came to bring both light and life to the darkness.

Jesus came to offer hope and help to a people (you and me) who are estranged ...

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