Monday, January 14, 2019

The Greatest Fact in Human History

John 1:10-12 (King James Version)
10 - "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 - He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."

Notice the first two words of Verse 11 - "He came."
Aren't you glad He came?
God keeps His promise!  
He came as He promised - through the prophets would told that He would come.
There is much controversy concerning the exact date of Christmas - Christ's birth.
However, the exact date of our Saviors birth and coming into this world is not the important detail in the Christmas story.  The most important fact is that He CAME.  He tells us HOW He would come, WHERE He would come, and WHY He will would come.  He came as He promised and He carried out the purpose for which He came.
  "He came to seek and to save that which was lost.  (Luke 19:10)
You may not remember the exact day you were saved, but, if you are saved, you know it to be a fact. 

He came to save men from their sins.  "Thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins."
He came to give us life and that more abundantly.
He came to destroy the works of the devil.  "For this purpose the son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil."
He came to share His sovereign kingship with men.  "If we suffer with Him we shall also reign with Him.  We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus."
The greatest fact in human history......He Came!  
He came to die that we might have eternal life.
Within this 11th verse there is also 
the greatest tragedy in human history!  
        "He came unto his own and his own received him not."  
Centuries before Jesus came, God made a covenant with Israel,His own people.  He assigned them land and they were to build him a temple where He could come and take His place.  There they would worship Him.

But, those who pledged to worship Him spurned His presence and refused to hear Him.  As a nation they wanted nothing to do with Him.  "They received Him not."  
Sounds like so many today.

So thankful for the truth of Verse 12.  
The greatest HOPE in the history of mankind. 
 "But as many as received Him to them gave the power to become the sons of God even to them that believe on His name."

Whereas Israel barred Jesus from His own land and His own house there were others who made room for Him in their hearts.  Their hearts became His temple....and He filled it.  They became His possession as Israel was to be His possession.  Christ found in men what Israel was meant to be. Someone to be His own.   A place to dwell and be worshipped.  Someone to make room for Him.

The life of Jesus (as far as the world is concerned)
has often been characterized by two words.....

There was NO ROOM in (the inn) He was born in a stable.
There was NO ROOM in (Herod's kingdom) they sought to kill Him.
There was NO ROOM in (Israel's thoughts) they rejected Him.
There was NO ROOM in the (world's comforts) He had no where to lay His head.
There was NO ROOM for Him in the (plans of Rome) they crucified Him.

There is NO ROOM in (many people's hearts) He cannot save them.
There is NO ROOM in (many minds) He cannot give them wisdom and knowledge.
There is NO ROOM in (some people's plans) He cannot guide them.
There is NO ROOM in (their homes) He cannot make their union a success.
There is NO ROOM in many people's giving) He cannot prosper them.
There is NO ROOM in (many lives or in their time) He cannot bless them.

*****If you have no room for Him now in this life, then don't be surprised when in eternity He has no time, no place and no room for you in Heaven!

As God looks upon the door of your heart and life, can He rejoice as He sees your heart and life occupied with the blessed son of God?
OR - is He saddened because He knows that He is not wanted because He sees the "NO ROOM" sign hanging on the door of your heart?
But, in spite of the "NO ROOM" sign,
He lovingly knocks....
hoping that you will take down the sign and 
invite Him in.
"As many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God by believing on His name."