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[The following devotional is a part of our 2014 Advent Devotional Guide.  We will be posting a devotional each day on this blog between November 30 – December 31, 2014.]

 

Rejection of the King by Mark Robinson

Read:  John 1:11-13

Can you imagine a King being rejected by His own Kingdom?  Believe it or not it happens . . . and it has happened to the best King that ever lived — the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.  As you saw in John 1:11, when Jesus came into the world, He was not accepted by all of the people who lived in His country.

When Jesus was rejected by some, however, He did not pout or stop His mission.  Instead, He made a very generous offer.  He promised to be a loving and generous King to ANY who would receive Him!  This meant that whether you lived in Africa, Asia, America, Australia, or Europe, if you received Jesus, He would give you eternal life and forgive your sins.  Isn’t that amazing?

All people on the earth have a choice.  We can either reject Jesus (as some of His fellow countrymen did), or we can receive Him as Lord.  How about you?  What choice will you make?

Questions:

  • What does it mean to reject something?  What does it mean to receive it?
  • Jesus came and offers a great gift to you – the gift of forgiveness and eternal life.  We can either receive or reject these gifts.  Have you received it?  Are you rejecting Him?

Advent Prayer:

  • If you are receiving the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, express that faith to God in prayer right now.

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