Reminding myself about Jesus’ commitment to humankind does not have to be limited to any particular time of the year such as Easter. It is something I need to do every day
This daily reading is from William Johnson’s 2006 Devotional book,
“He came unto his own and his own received him not”. John 1:11
The story of Jesus of Nazareth is incredible in many ways, but none more than this: the Creator of the universe came to the world He had made, but we, His creatures, rejected Him.
How could it be? How could creatures of dust spurn the hands that fashioned them? How could men and women, bound by a life span of 70 or 80 years, turn their backs on the One who is eternal?
What condescension! What forbearance! What humility! Even to come as a human being, accepting the working of the laws of heredity, would be a massive step down. But to come knowing that rejection, suffering and death awaited Him – the story boggles the mind.
Long before John penned the poignant words “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” Isaiah had foretold the rejection:
“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isa. 53:3, NIV)
They rejected Him then; they still reject Him, Why? Because He is the Light that shines into the heart of every person. The Light reveals what we are like. In the Light we see ourselves as we truly are, and it’s not a pretty sight. That’s why, in Jesus’ time and still today, most people respond with “Put out the Light!”
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19 NIV).
But the rejection wasn’t total, praise God, and still isn’t today. In the original Greek text the two words translated “own” in John 1:11 are different. He came to His own world, and His own people received Him not. He commanded the waves, and they obeyed Him; He broke the loaves and fishes, and they multiplied in His hands. And nature covered His face in darkness as He hung in agony on the cross.
And there were some people (not the majority, but some) who did not reject Him, who did not say “Put out the Light!” but who opened their hearts to receive Him
Then, some. Today, Some.
I want to be among them, today and every day.