Now if the Bible clearly teaches that when Jesus entered the life of this world, He was born in a land, and to a people who enjoyed a unique relationship with God. We would imagine, of course, that these people would welcome Him with open arms. Unfortunately, none of these things would prove to be true. Rather than being received with open arms, He was rejected and hated, not adored.
When God saw this He was heartbroken. Here was a nation of people who have been longing for a deliverer to appear, and when that occurred they rejected Him. However, the Jews were not alone in this rejection of the highest and best.
Tragically, this is the sad story of the entire human race. There are so few of us who are willing to accept all that God has for us. And millions even billions of people reject His greatest gift, the Christ of Christmas. Yet this much can be said. Some of the Jewish people did accept God’s gift; and that gift empowered them to become everything God created them to be. As John will write, “To all those who did receive Him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become the children of God.”
John 1:10-12 will set the stage for Pastor Harris’s message as he speaks of “the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us.”
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