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by Dalton Key
for the week of May 24, 2020

Concerning the Christ, John wrote, “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.  He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.”  (John 1:10,11.) 

The very world created by our Lord rejected its Creator.  The very ones He had come to save refused Him.  He came from heaven to earth, as light to a world engulfed in darkness, yet “men loved darkness rather than the light.”  (John 3:19.)  His own countrymen “were offended in Him.”  (Matthew 13:57.)  Even His own family of flesh, those who should have known Jesus best, refused to believe.  (John 7:5.) 

Such utter rejection would have halted the works of a lesser man. 

As the world’s greatest teacher, our Lord was misunderstood.  His words were taken out of context, misapplied, and then used as ammunition against Him.  His words of the spiritual fell upon ears which would hear only the temporal.  Even His own disciples mistook His kingdom teachings for instructions concerning a coming, earthly regime.  Their last question before His ascension:  “Will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”  (Acts 1:6.) 

Lesser teachers would have given up on such unpromising, unproductive students. 

And our Savior faced many other challenges as well.  What of Satan’s unrelenting temptations?  What of the open and vicious attacks of the religious leaders?  What of His disappointments?  What of the sheer mental and physical strain of His daily, demanding ministry? 

And what of the cross?  The Hebrew writer would have us look “unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”  (Hebrews 12:2,3.) 

Jesus never quit.  Can we say the same?