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Thought for the week from Tim

 John 1:10-12:-
He entered into the world he created, yet the world was unaware. 11 He came to the people he created to those who should have received him, but they did not recognise him. 12 But those who embraced him and took hold of his name he gave authority to become the children of God!
When Jesus came into the world, this passage tells us that the people that should have received Him didn’t.  They did not understand that he was their waited-for messiah. But, and this is the best “but” ever, those who embraced him and took hold of him he gave the right to be called children of God, the absolutely best title in the world.  Better than king or prince or doctor or vicar or professor. As Christians we have the title Children of God, and this is not just an honorary title.  It is one that we don’t deserve, but it is not honorary, because Jesus did the work on the cross by dying for each one of us so that when we reach out to Him we become part of God’s family – his very own, highly adored children.
A little while ago I watched the TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?”  where celebrities find out about their ancestors, the one where Danny Dyer found out that he had a family tree that went back to royalty.  He was really made up by the fact that an ordinary London lad had royal blood in him. He was absolutely chuffed to pieces. The silly thing was that although he found out that one of his ancestors was royalty it did him no good whatsoever.  It did not give him a key to Buckingham palace. It didn’t give him any royal privilege at all – it did not even give him a title.
Unlike those who are true royalty, Christians are not just called children of God, but ARE children of God.
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