DayBreaks for 3/01/19: Unwanted
From the DayBreaks archive February 2009:
John 1:10-11 (KJV) – He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.”
How, I wonder, could Jesus come to his own, God’s chosen people Israel, and they not know or recognize him? They had been prepared by God Himself throughout thousands of years for the Messiah. They expected him to come – but tragically, they didn’t see him as anything except a carpenter from Nazareth, a child born out of wedlock, trained in a trade by Joseph.
A widow had children who left her one by one to go to the “new country” (as she called it.) As they made their tearful farewells, she heard each of them promise her that they’d save money and that they would send for her “very soon.” Time passed; the children married and had children of their own, but no mention ever came in a letter suggesting they were ready to send for their aging mother. She deeply longed to see them, but thinking they lacked the means to bring her to the “new country”, she scrimped and saved up enough money to afford on her own to pay them a surprise visit. She anticipated a joyful reunion with her children and she longed to see them and to meet her grandchildren. Upon arriving her reception was the reverse of what she had hoped and longed for. Her children had indeed prospered, but seemed annoyed at the surprise visit, and they belittled her old-fashioned clothing and way of speaking. They had no room for her in their hearts. The disappointed woman returned home and took up residence in a home for the elderly, where she proved to be a blessing to all about her, pouring out the vast flood of love that her own children had rejected. She wasn’t bitter. “It seems to me that I knew what our Lord suffered,” she told a friend, “when He came to His own dear people and they gave Him the cold shoulder. Just think! He came unto His own and His own received Him not! I can understand how that wounded His loving heart.”
Perhaps the Jews failure wasn’t so much that they didn’t recognize Jesus, but that they had no room left in their hearts for this lover of their souls.
I think we’d best not be too hard on the Jews, however. How many times have I not found room in my heart for Him when He comes calling? How many times have I been ashamed or afraid to let people know where I stand, and Who I stand with?
Jesus loves us. He came to be with us. Will we send Him back home alone – and unwanted?
Prayer: Jesus, don’t give up on us! Keep knocking at the doorway to our hearts. Transform our hard hearts into hearts that rejoice to see You when You arrive! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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