Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 15th, 2021
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
John 1:10-11 (NKJV)
His Own Did Not Know Him
You’ve likely never heard of Johnny and the Apologies. They were a Canadian rock band back in the 1960s who were for a time as big as the Beatles – just not in their own country. Pretty much unknown in Canada, where they were big was in South America. Dave Tonner, one of the original band members, said recently, “We were just a couple of hard-working guys from Regina. To be the biggest band in South America was a real mind tickler.”
Canadians are famous around the world for celebrating those of us who make good outside of Canada. That wasn’t the same for Jesus when He came to His own people, the Jews, on that first Christmas. God had been developing a relationship with the people of Israel for centuries. He had chosen them and entered into a covenant relationship with them in order that through them the Redeemer would come. And finally, He did – as a baby in a Bethlehem manger. You would think they would have recognized Him and celebrated His arrival. Through prophets, priests, judges and kings, God had revealed much to the Israelites about the coming of the Messiah. But they failed to recognize Him and instead of celebrating His long-awaited arrival, they would eventually cry for the Romans to put Him to death. Like the people of Israel when He was here, there are still many who reject Him and refuse to put their faith in Him. It is obvious at this time of the year – we are celebrating His birthday, and so many leave Him completely out of the celebrations. We must not. Celebrate Jesus continually during this season.
These have been words from the heart.