As we think of the mission of God in sending His Son to earth in order to save mankind from the eternal penalty of sin, His lack of reception should not alarm us. The effect of sin on the human heart produced an attitude of rejection from the very beginning. God spoke for over two thousand years through illustrations, examples, kings and prophets of the child He was going to send to deliver His people for bondage. Old Testament prophecies such as Isaiah 7;14; 9:6-7 and many others, meant nothing to the people they were spoken to.
John sums up the coming of Jesus like this; “He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:11–12). Did rejection of Israel’s Messiah stop the plan of God? From the calling of Abraham, God promised two things; He would make of Abraham “a great nation (people)” and also in Abraham, “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3). God’s plan was clear and nothing would hinder the final outcome!
Israel, “His own” people, rejected the “Son” God sent to redeem them. “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name” were those who God would redeem. The door of salvation is wide open to “all the families of the earth”! God is intent on keeping His promise to Abraham, and most of the Church today is made up of those who are not part of Israel. Since we are His children, we have an obligation to spread the Good News so ‘those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28) will hear and believe, and be given “the right to become children of God.”
The Christmas season is far more than decorations, presents and food. It’s about helping others receive the Son, believe in His name, and see how God changes their eternal future.
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