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.