“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.” [John 1:10-11 – NLT]
God created the universe and everything in it through His spoken word [Hebrews 11:3] and that spoken word came into this world by becoming flesh [John 1:14]. The spoken and living word whom we know as Jesus. Jesus the creator of the world chose to humble Himself and become man, limiting himself to a physical body, substance, matter, time, distance, speed etc. He did this because He loved us so much that He believed it was worth it. However the world did not recognize Him and ever since the creation of this world, generations after generations have been deceived and unable to see, hear or recognize God and have therefore rejected Him.
The verse from John 1:11 says that He came to his own people and even they rejected him. Imagine a couple deeply in love with each other, imagine one of them suddenly betraying the other. The pain that the betrayed one goes through is devastating. Many a times in this world when we see such a situation we see in the life of a betrayed person: depression, hurt, pain, sometimes loss of life. God’s love for us is so huge and infinite, that one person alone cannot know it all, it requires the entire body of Christ together to determine the breadth, the length, the depth and the height of God’s love [Ephesians 3:18]. With such love God loved us and having decided to become man only to end up being despised, rejected, abused, hurt, scorned and killed by the very people whom He created.
“He was despised and rejected — a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care” [Isaiah 53:3 – NLT]
I have read several articles on the death of Jesus by crucifixion, how His death slowly crushed Him physically, biologically, chemically and yes I do agree that after having been scourged by leather whips having metal teeth, so that His flesh was torn off his body, and then being made to carry His cross and then nails being driven into His hands and feet, there was hardly any life left in Him. But one things that never ceases to amaze me is this verse from Isaiah which says that He was acquainted with deepest grief and this I would believe is not just talking about grief from physical pain that resulted in his death, but also grief from the mental, emotional realm that Jesus was subject to being in the form of flesh. The God who created life and mankind was being rejected and despised by His own creation. Thankfully I’m not God or I would have done to those people what Jesus did to the fig tree and let everyone present there know that I am God. But Jesus accepted it all because His love is greater than what the human mind can comprehend. It goes beyond faults and shortcomings and readily forgives. To sum it up there are no words like these that describe love “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance”[1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – NLT] Do pay attention to the text I marked in bold. Love is not jealous, boastful, proud or rude. Wow ! this is simply awesome. Love does not demand its own way and this is something we will never be able to see in this world without God and for all those who think that God always has it His way, they have not understood this aspect of God’s love. Love is not irritable and keeps no record of being wronged. Did I read that correctly? Yes, Love keeps no record of being wronged. Oh how I have missed this over a million times. Love never gives up and never loses faith. God has faith in you and me and he will never give up on us.
We know that God is love [1 John 4:8]. So I’d just request you to replace the word “love” with “God” and read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 again. I’m sure it will bless you.