In my ponderings, I ran across six of the saddest words I’ve ever read.
I found them right in the opening to the book of John.
…His own did not receive Him. - John 1:11 NASB
The “Him” here, thus far, has only been identified as “The Word” and “the Light.” We’ll learn later in the first chapter that the old apostle is talking about Jesus Christ.
John establishes first that Jesus and the God of the Jews are One in the same.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. - John 1:1-2 NASB
Next, He tells us that this same Jesus, the Word, is the agency through which all things came into being, He’s the creator.
All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. - John 1:3 NASB
But the heartbreak comes down in verse 11.
He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. - John 1:11 NASB
This creator of all things actually made a covenant with a people. He chose to reveal Himself to the Children of Israel.
He chose them
He brought them out of slavery
He established them in the land of promise
He protected them
He gave them a land and made them a people
But when He came to reveal Himself to His people
they rejected Him
they hated Him
they mocked Him
they scourged Him
they crucified Him.
There have been times when I’ve been unwilling to receive Him. Even as a child of God, even after He saved me and I received His free gift of salvation, there have been times when my heart closed up to Him. Has this ever happened to you?
He chose me
He revealed Himself to me
He delivered me from the power of sin
He blessed me with all spiritual blessings
He protected me from the punishment of sin
He joined me to a people who were not my people
And yet there are times when I don’t receive Him
When I set Him aside
When I don’t pursue Him
It is sad, isn’t it?
Lord Jesus. I am so thankful that you came, lived, and loved me/us. Forgive me and help me walk with my heart open to you today, moment by moment. I don’t want to be remembered like these you record in your Word who did not receive you, though you came to them.
You are a good, good Father, and I thank you for speaking through Your Word.
Don’t leave feeling guilty. Conviction comes from time to time to call us back to a place from which we’ve stepped away. Today is a good day to step back into the arms of the Father. He’s right there at the end of the lane, waiting with open arms. Every time we open our hearts to receive Him, He opens His arms to receive us…
…And great rejoicing ensues!!
Thanks for stopping by today.
See you again soon.