Jesus came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. (Joh 1:11 NIV) Reading: John 1,1-14
This sentence demonstrates both the sovereignty and humiliation of our Lord Jesus Christ. We can recognize both our fault and debt, but also our salvation.
It is part of our Lord’s sovereignty that all the world is his. He is the Lord of all. Just as a person reigns over his work and creation, so too our Lord Jesus Christ reigns over the universe and his people. It pleased God to call all that is into being through Jesus Christ. We human beings have received all that we have and are from him. We owe everything to his grace and mercy. We are his. He is our Lord. All glory be to him.
Then it came to pass that he visited his own. Then it became clear how his own related to him. They were not willing to accept him as Lord. That is why they humiliated him. They shamed him until they finally crucified him. His rightful claim of lordship gave rise to their ridicule. He was hit, rejected and killed. His own did not receive him. His humiliation reveals our fault. An evil rift has come about if a family no longer incorporates one of its members. How big the enmity that his own would not receive him any longer! Without him life is a lot more comfortable. Don’t we act similarly and reject Jesus and leave him standing out in the cold? Do we know our responsibility that we owe him, because we are his own? Our debt towers before us. Therefore we could not even dream of salvation and glory, had he not come for exactly that purpose – to redeem us of our liability. That is our honour, that he came to visit us and that we may belong to him. With great joy and without any fear we are allowed to draw near to him, to honour him and to confess our hope and comfort: “I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord.”
Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for your coming into this world and also to us. We are grateful for your deliverance from all our sin through your most precious and vicarious sacrifice for us and our salvation on the cross. We ask you, prepare our hearts yourself, so that we will receive you always as our Lord and saviour and gladly confess and glorify you. Amen.
This is a translation of the devotion edited by Günter Wachler and Egfried Brachmann for Tuesday after the tenth Sunday after Trinity. It is found on Pg. 249 in “Du tröstest mein Herz. Tägliche Hausandachten (You comfort my heart. Daily devotions.) and published by the Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Berlin without a date.