John 1:11

He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

I’d always thought of this verse as meaning Jesus came to His own people, His ‘clan,’ as it were. Whether as a Jew, or as the only late-joining (i.e. having existed beforehand) member of the human family.

But while thinking about the verse today, it struck me that ‘his own’ could just as easily refer to the ones belonging to Him as to a people He belonged to.

Strongs says of the Greek translated as ‘own’,

Idios (as in ‘idiosyncrasy’): pertaining to one’s self, one’s own, belonging to one’s self

Besides this, by definition Jesus didn’t have an ‘own,’ in the first sense, until He’d come to them. It wasn’t coming to a people He’d come from and not being received that was so terrible. It was come to a people He’d created, made, who belonged to Him. A people He already owned and had re-chosen. And we didn’t recognise ‘our Master’s voice’.

Thank God that there’s still hope in the following verses:

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12,13


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