No Recognition

John 1: 10-11.

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.

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One of the most heartbreaking experiences anyone can have is when the child that was created in love, nurtured and cherished, decides he wants nothing to do with his parents. They stand reaching out to him, and he refuses to recognize them, turning has back, mocking and scorning the ones who created him and nurtured him, loving him in spite of his rejection of their love.

This was the experience Jesus endured. He appeared first to “His own”—Israel, His chosen people whom He had cherished through centuries of their struggles: Sinning, enduring punishment, and repenting over and over.

In Matthew, Jesus is presented as Messiah, the promised One Who would reign supreme. But His own people refused to recognize Him, showing how little they understood the prophecies all through the Old Testament. They had wanted Messiah to come in glory and power. This Man, the Son of a carpenter, born in ignominy, couldn’t possibly be their longed- for King Who would save them from Rome’s cruel domination.

They refused to recognize their Creator; the One Who had made the world they lived in and Who had promised them redemption.

They not only allowed Him to be crucified. They demanded that He be crucified!

He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.

The pathos of these two verses is, to me, ineffably sad.

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