Pastor's Pen: Rejected one

I was reading part of the Christmas account in Matthew 2.

Though they arrived months after Christ’s birth, the Magi made the long trek from their homeland in the East to visit a new born king. I find it interesting that when this entourage arrived in Jerusalem, the people were more disturbed about the arrival of this group than they were joyful over the birth of their Messiah. None, with the exception of shepherds on the night of Christ’s birth, were ready for His coming.

They were probably fearful that these new comers may attempt some type of take over and this “king” may be the downfall of Jerusalem. No wonder Herod set out to kill this little child. From the very time of His birth, Christ was already being rejected.

Christ, the rejected One. He was rejected before He was born from any place to stay, save a lowly stable. (Luke 2:7) Christ, the rejected One. He was rejected by King Herod out of fear and had to flee to Egypt. (Matthew 2:13) Christ, the rejected One. He was rejected by others because of the town He grew up in. Remember Nathanial’s initial statement upon hearing that Jesus was from Nazareth, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:45-46) Christ, the rejected One.

The town that rejected Him more than any other was the very one in which He was raised. (Mark 6:4-6) Christ, the rejected One. The religious leaders feared a loss of their power and position so much that they would put people out of the synagogue if they acknowledged Jesus as the Christ. (John 9:22) Christ, the rejected One.

Eventually, at the age of 33, He would be rejected by the very people who lauded Him only a week earlier. Their shouts, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” only echoed back the extent of their rejection (Matthew 27:22-23).

This same Jesus comes today, as the Savior of all who believe on Him. (1 John 5:1) This same Christ says, “Follow Me.” (Luke 9:23) If you accept Him, He will give save you from the wrath of God (Romans 5:9), give you abundant life (John 10:10) and guarantee you eternal peace and joy in the new kingdom (Revelation 21). Most, even now, will reject Him.

But a few will believe and follow Him. (Matthew 7:13-14) What about you?