One of the saddest verses in the Bible is:
“… the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.” John 1:10-11
When it says “He came to His own” the Greek refers to something Jesus personally has ownership or possession of (like something you create) – not something that you are a simply a part of (like a culture or people group).
So, here is God in the flesh, coming to Earth to save its inhabitants (His very creation) – and they didn’t receive Him. In fact, they didn’t even recognize Him. That breaks my heart.
But verse 12 turns it all around. It is the point of the chiasm in this passage and it says:
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” John 1:12.
Wow. If you do happen to be one of those who receive Jesus, you move from being a creation of God – to a child of God! Did you hear that? A child of God!
That’s awesome stuff right there.