Maybe it’s just me.

Maybe you’ve spotted it before.

What do they say…familiarity breeds contempt?

It’s there in John’s gospel: “He came to that which was his own” (John 1:11).

So simple. So matter-of-fact.

Jesus. Pre-existent. Came.

To something which already belonged to him.

No, not just which belonged to him. But something he had made, had created.

What was it?

The earth. Creation. People.

Do you see it? Sense it? Feel it?

The mystery.

Jesus. God. Incarnation. Immanuel.

God stepping down. Stepping into.

And then the sadness.

“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:11).


By those whom he had created.

Written by Simon Lang

Follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor of Neighbourhood Church Beckenham (a growing bunch of imperfect and ordinary people, who love God, want to get to know him better, and are seeking to be the people that God has made them to be), and part of the team at Insight for Living UK.

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