Sweet little Jesus boy, we made you be born in a manger. Sweet little holy child, we didn’t know who You are. The first two lines of this song are just as true today as they were when Jesus first arrived. Although Matthew and Luke tend to get the most airtime during the Christmas John’s gospel does also begin with the birth of Christ. In doing so, he also says straight out that our world would not recognize Him. John writes:
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it… He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
(John 1:1-5, 10-14)[ ]