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In the very first chapter of the book of John we discover that, “He [God] 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.” (Verses 9-10 KJV)
While pondering this verse it occurred to me that this isn’t entirely different from what many in our culture watch on television; a show called “Undercover Boss”. Personally, I’ve not seen it, but I understand the premise; a company boss/owner goes undercover to work with his employees, without them realizing it’s him/her. While this television boss may discover his employees slacking or outdoing themselves, it could mean the difference between being fired or promotion time for the employees. It also gives the boss-man a chance to be in the trenches, seeing first-hand what he expects of those he employs; perhaps he’ll realize he really doesn’t pay them enough or give them enough credit. Perhaps he’ll find he really doesn’t need as many employees to do the job as he thought. Certainly each episode promises enough drama to keep their audience coming back.
When God became flesh and dwelt among men, He came to an undeserving, unwelcoming creation, to give Himself on our behalf. This creation He loves so much that He made us in His own image, and we didn’t recognize Him. He willingly sacrificed Himself for our sakes; and His Name’s sake.
When He put on flesh and walked among us, He didn’t find any surprises. He knew man’s heart better than we know it ourselves. He already knows when we’re slacking and when we’re glorifying His Name. He knows when we’re hurting and when we’re rejoicing, all from His Throne, which should be made in the hearts of each one of us.
No, He didn’t come to “check up on us” or to inspect what we’re doing here on the earth He’s given us. He came, anointed to preach the gospel to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19) He came to provide the necessary blood sacrifice to reunite man’s heart with His own. (1 Peter 3:18) He came to take on the penalty for our sin. (Romans 6:23 & Romans 8:1-4) He came to remove the veil from our eyes that we might see into the spiritual things beyond this existence; that matter more than the temporal things of this world. (Matthew 13:16)
He came because He knew we’d want to see Him. He’s here among us now, wearing the flesh of each of His believers. We are the body of Christ. When we ask why He doesn’t do something about the situations that surround us, He lets us know He has and He does; He’s created us.
Can we recognize Him in this flesh?
“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:” – John 1:12 (KJV)