Read: Matthew 11:20-30
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. (John 1:11)
The Gospel of John opens with a majestic prologue announcing the incarnation of the divine Word. God became human in order to make humans his children, “born, not of blood . . . but of God” (John 1:13). But in the middle of John’s prologue comes a statement that reminds us of a sad truth about Jesus’ life. Jesus was rejected by most of his own blood, the people he came to save. One reason for this rejection is that he didn’t meet their expectations of what the Messiah should be.
They all were looking for a king
To slay their foes and lift them high:
Thou cam’st, a little baby thing,
That made a woman cry. —George MacDonald
Jesus still comes to his own, for in his humanity Jesus is one with all of us. And his own still do not receive him, mostly because they are looking for a different kind of savior or another type of life. The greatest tragedy in the world isn’t war or poverty or cancer. It’s that most of the world’s people are living without Jesus. So they seek rest for their souls in other things or experiences or relationships, rather than in the only One in whom it can be found.
Jesus comes to us. But we also must come to him. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). —David Bast
As you pray, thank God for the new birth that makes us his children.