His Own Did Not Receive Him

Matthew Winters (Honest Thoughts from a Pastor)

Have you ever had friends you thought would always be there for you? Maybe family? Coworkers? Comrades of some sort? When you needed them most, they did not have time for you or blatantly excommunicated you from their inner circle?

This was the story of Jesus – “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (‭‭John‬ ‭1:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬). We love the fact that we will live with Him, but Scripture says that we are “crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20). We should be extremely grateful when we have those we can depend on and would die for us. However, we should not think we are exempt from betrayal and all that may go with it.

I have experienced betrayal in my life. Because of that, I cherish every good friendship I have. I also realize that people are people and can easily turn on me. Don’t be…

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