#172 John 1:9-13 Born of God

Joy:
Episode #172 John 1:9-13

Welcome

Amy:
Welcome to The Christgazing Podcast. We are so glad you are here! I’m Amy Burgin.

Joy:
I’m Joy Burgin.

Amy:
Christgazing, kind of like stargazing, is the act of looking steadily and intently at Jesus. If you are anything like us, you desire to fix your eyes on Jesus amid the distractions and troubles of this world. This podcast makes room for us to do that. Amid a world of many words, we slow down here and make space for the God-breathed Words, the best words, the ones that rightly comfort, correct, and lead us. Each week, we read a portion of scripture several times and create stillness after each reading so we might also be still and know God more. Last week, we started a new series that takes us through the book of John. We meant to read verses 1-9 but we made a mistake and read all the way through verse 13. So today, you’ll hear verses 9 to 13 again.

Pour Out Your Heart to God

Amy:
Before we read, take time to share your heart with God. Maybe you have a list of questions for which you need answers—or a heart filled with grief, joy, desire, gratitude, anger, peace, or a mix of some of these things and more—whatever is on your mind, name it, and bring it to God in the next minute.

[Pause and pour out your heart to God]

What Does This Passage Say About God?

Joy:
As I read today’s passage, consider the question: What does this say about God?

John 1:9-13  The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

Again?

John 1:9-13  The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

Take the next few minutes to consider what this says about God.

[Pause and know]

What Does This Passage Say About People?

Joy:
As I read the passage again, consider the question, what does this say about people?

John 1:9-13  The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

Take a minute to consider what this says about people.

[Pause and know]

Lord, What Would You Have Me Know Or Do Today?

Joy:
As I read for the last time, ask God, “Lord, what would you have me know or do today in response to this passage?” 

John 1:9-13  The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

Take a minute to ask God, “Lord, what would you have me know or do today?”

[Pause and listen]

Blessing

Joy:
Christgazer, the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. And may you keep your face turned toward Jesus today and know him more.

One Response

Amy:
I’m currently reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. In this book, an 8-year-old girl, Lucy, finds a portal to another land called Narnia. There, she meets a Faun, a half-goat, half-human creature named Mr. Tumnus, who’s never seen a human before. Upon seeing Lucy for the first time, Mr. Tumnus asks her, “Should I be right in thinking that you are a Daughter of Eve?” What he’s really asking is, “Are you a human?” And this title, Daughter of Eve, really stood out to me. It stayed in my thoughts and demanded my consideration. It is who I am. I am a descendent of Eve, and like my greatest grandmother and all the mothers before me, I’m prone to partake of forbidden fruit.

As I considered my title, Daughter of Eve, fear rose up inside of me. I am one prone to be deceived. It’s in my genes. I think of David’s sin. It scares me. David was the greatest earthly king Israel ever knew; God described David as “a man after God’s own heart,” yet David committed adultery and murdered to hide his sin. About ten years ago, my friend Suzette declared in our small group, “Ladies, we’re not immune to that [referring to David’s adultry].” She’s right. I’m not immune to sin, I’m prone to sin. As I meditated on my title, Daughter of Eve, lament set in. I’m aware of the weakness of my heart. I’m aware of my sinful state. I’m aware that some of my desires do not align with God’s.

As I took my lament to God, I heard a new title rise up in my spirit: I am Amy Marie, daughter of the King of Kings, daughter of the Master of the Universe. I took a selfie to remember the moment, and a declaration rose up to accompany my title: I am Amy Marie, daughter of the King of Kings. I trust my Father and do not partake of fruit he names forbidden, regardless of how desirable it may appear. You see, the gift of the knowledge of who I really am aligns my desires with God’s.

I’ll close by reading Romans 8:14-17 and 1 John 3:1

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

This is the Word of the Lord.

Closing

Amy:
You can find a transcript of this episode and all our episodes at amyburgin.com. Joy and I will be back next week to go Christgazing together. Until then, don’t forget, when you put your trust in Christyou are one in whom he dwells and delightsa dearly loved child of God. You are royalty in his strong and unshakeable kingdom. Though trouble abounds, Christ prevails, and so do you.

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