John 1:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:11, NIV: He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

John 1:11, ESV: He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

John 1:11, KJV: He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

John 1:11, NASB: He came to His own, and His own people did not accept Him.

John 1:11, NLT: He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.

John 1:11, CSB: He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

What does John 1:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus came to all of the people of the world, as a Savior. However, during His human life, He came specifically to the people of Israel. If any culture on earth should have been able to recognize the Messiah, it ought to have been God's chosen people. Israel had been given God's Word, including many prophecies of Messiah. They had been beaten down by Rome and other powerful invaders. Israel should have been looking for the Promised One, and eager to welcome Him. God came to those He had created, for the entire world (John 3:16), and Jesus came as a man directly to Israel. And yet, He was rejected, hated, and eventually killed by those very people (Isaiah 53:3, John 18:35). The one group of people who should have welcomed Him were the ones who called for His death! This is part of the gospel message: that even when we claim to be seeking God's will, we tend to turn away from it in order to go our own way (Romans 3:9–10).