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The theme for the coming few Sunday mornings is “God’s Affirmative Action Program.”
Today we are talking about God’s Affirmative Action Program: The Response.
When the Word that existed from the very beginning became flesh and came to earth to dwell among us, when the light that illuminated the life of everyone came into the world that He created, He was not always welcome or well received.
The response to the Word was not always favourable.
God’s affirmative action program affirmed the people’s need for salvation.
He sent His Son, referred to in John’s gospel as the Word, to be born on earth for the dual purposes of revealing God and redeeming humankind, explained in John’s prologue as life and light.
After a brief account of the man who came to bear witness to the light, John the Baptist, and a disclaimer that John the Baptist was not the light himself but rather a witness to the light, the prologue returns to the description of the Word that became flesh.
This portion of the introduction, John 1:9-13, portrays the response that people gave to the light of God.
The response was generally negative.
Jesus came to His own earth and to His own people, yet He was rejected by them.
But sometimes the response was positive.
Some accepted Him, and to them He gave the privilege of becoming the very children of God.
Today let’s look at the response to God’s affirmative action program in more detail.
As we do this consider carefully your own response to it.
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