A Bethlehem tour guide told the tourist that Mary and Joseph normally would have stayed with relatives in Bethlehem. Because of the circumstances of Mary's pregnancy, they were not welcomed by their own relatives. Surely the lack of a welcome for themselves or their son hurt. Christ was rejected by man before He was even born. His first messages in life were “unwanted” and “unclean” (not worthy or good enough). For some the holidays are a fresh reminder of past wounds or a time to brace themselves for more rejection and frustration. And yet Christ willingly came and dwelt among us and experienced rejection first hand. He experienced rejection so that you could receive the Father’s unconditional love and acceptance. So that you would belong to a family that’s love was as unchanging and deep and wide and high as God Himself.

Have a Merry Christmas as you rejoice in the unconditional and unchanging love and acceptance of your Father. This year personally receive the love of God that has been poured out into your heart as the gift of His love for you!

Isaiah 53:3-5 He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.