He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. -John 1:11 ESV
I wonder when the Lord Jesus first sensed rejection. Was he rejected by his siblings like Joseph was as he was growing up? Or was it much later when he confronted the religious leaders. It had to break his heart to not be received by the ones to whom he was sent. In this he was so much like many of the rejected prophets. And in Christ we have an example of how we should respond to the hate and rejection of others. In him we are taught how to live and forgive.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing Advent series.