Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

God With Us – The Coming of Our Savior

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Week 2 – Day 4 – Thursday   Read John 1: 9 – 13    SOAP John 1:11 –  It meant being rejected by peoplewk02d04

Read John 1: 9 – 13    SOAP John 1:11 –  It meant being rejected by people

THURSDAY JOHN 1:9-13 9  The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

O – This Jesus, who left heaven to come to man, came to the world that He made.   He made the world, and all in it, and yet, “the world did not know Him.”  He came to those whom He made, and He was not recognized, nor received.  Today’s verse states, “He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him. “  (John 1:11 – AMP)

A – Imagine going home – and having your family not answer the door, nor welcoming you.   I know that when I travel home, I look forward to those embraces and greetings.  Yet – Jesus, when He came to earth, He was rejected.   He was turned away.   He was scorned and jeered, not just “not welcomed.”  That kind of hurt is unimaginable for me.  He lived that – to His death.  The aloneness.  The hurt.  The scorn.  But it was returned with love.  The hurt and scorn was borne so we could have life.

It was a “stiff-necked” people that were “His own.”  It was the Jewish, Hebrew people, God’s Chosen Ones.   And yet God called them “stiff-necked” 19 times in the Bible – (NIV – biblegateway search).  These were the ones who were His own, and they did not receive or welcome Him.  Jesus knew this – and reached out anyways, during His time on earth.  His three years of ministry were full of events of rejection and scorn – by the religious leaders, by His countrymen, by crowds, by the government, and sometimes, even His own family, who didn’t understand His ministry.

Am I a “stiff-necked” one?  Do I resist His coming, His influence on my life?  Or, do I welcome His coming, along with the changes it brings?

How do I react when rejected?   Do I pull in, or continue on, in love, as Jesus did?  Do I willingly embrace those who turn me away?   This is where I struggle – to embrace those who don’t “embrace” me.  Oh, that my heart would warm, and reach out, with love, to those who may not be welcoming.

P – Father God, may there be room in my heart for those who You love, for those who You created.   Give me Your love, Your patience, Your gift of peace for those around me.  May there be room in my heart for You – and Yours.  Father, may the words of my mouth, and my actions, be pleasing to You, and welcoming to others today.  And – may I have room in my heart for You.   Amen.

Do You Have Room? Shawna Edwards – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR7lo9ycKBA&list=RDmrmMQdkBPwY&index=15

[Verse 1]
They journeyed far, A weary pair,
They sought for shelter From the cold night air.
Some place where she Could lay her head,
Where she could give Her Babe a quiet bed.
Was there no room? No corner there?
In all the town a spot Someone could spare?
Was there no soul Come to their aid?
A stable bare was where The family stayed.

[Chorus]
Do you have room For the Savior?,
And do you seek Him anew?
Have you a place for the One who lived and died for you?
Are you as humble as a Shepherd Boy,
Or as Wise as Men of Old?
Would you have come that night?
Would you have sought the light?
Do you have room?

[Verse]
A star arose, a glorious light
It was God’s sign this was the Holy Night
And yet so few would go to see
the babe who came to rescue you and me.
This child divine is now a King
His gift of life to all the world He brings
And all the world He saves from doom
But on this night for Him there was no room

[Chorus]
Do you have room For the Savior?,
And do you seek Him anew?
Have you a place for the One who lived and died for you?
Are you as humble as a Shepherd Boy,
Or as Wise as Men of Old?
Would you have come that night?
Would you have sought the light?
Do you have room?

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Do you have room?

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