Humanity had perpetually rejected the God who created, sustained and loved them. It was abundantly clear in Bethlehem when Joseph and Mary arrived with the baby imminent (Luke 2:7).
Joseph did not have a room booking app on his smartphone to reserve a place in advance in a hotel. Hospitality to strangers was a noble virtue of the ancient days (Judges 19:20). Job declared that he would not allow any stranger to stay on the street, his home was always open (Job 31:32). Strangely, this hospitality was missing that day in the city of David, Bethlehem.
Certainly, Herod would not have given room in his palace. How can a King allow a commoner (though a descendant of King David) to claim to be a king?
In Nazareth, he was rejected and could have been killed (Luke 4:14-30). He was rejected in his hometown. He could not do many miracles among them because of their unbelief (Mark 6:2-5). The Lord Jesus condemned Capernaum because of the people’s unbelief (Matthew 11:24). “And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)
When the Lord healed the demon-possessed man, the people were not delighted. In fact, they asked him to leave. “Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned.” (Luke 8:37)
Today the situation is unchanged. Which country would elect the Lord Jesus as President? Will any university offer a chair like that offered to Aristotle or Socrates or others? Which multi-national corporation would accept him as a director?
Blessed are millions who have opened their heart to Lord Jesus Christ. Have you opened your mind and heart to the Lord Jesus?
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by Rev. Dr J.N. Manokaran