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St. John 1:12-13 reads, "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".

What a privilege it is to be called a child of God! But how does an individual become a child of God? Well, in verse 12, John tells us that we must first receive Him. Who is the "Him" that John is referring to? Could it be any of the kings or idols prevalent in John's day? Absolutely not! John was talking about the one, in St. Luke 2:8-14, who the angels have herald the good news of his arrival. His name is Jesus. God's incarnate Son, who is the Messiah, and Savior of the entire world.

John states that Jesus was not born of two natural human beings, but he was born of God. While on earth after Jesus became a man, He began his public ministry at the age of 30. Matthew 4:23 says, "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people." Jesus had compassion and unconditional love for the people. In fact, He loved mankind so much that He gave His live as a sacrifice for man's sin. St. John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Jesus endured the suffering, humiliation, and disgrace to fulfill the purpose of his coming to earth in the first place, which was to redeem the human race back to God. Isaiah 50:6 says: " I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting." He was beaten so severely and disfigured until he was unrecognizable, according to Isaiah 52:14. Thank God the story did not end there! Three days after his crucifixion, he arose from the dead. He arose victorious over death, sin, and over the enemy - the devil. He's alive today and is sitting at the right hand of God.

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