Rejection of the Creator.
“He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.” (John 1:10-11)
Have you ever been rejected? Sure, we all know what it means to be rejected. Sometimes it is because of something we have done, at other times it is no fault of our own. If it’s our fault we will make amends or consider it something to learn from and move on. If our rejection is something we cant help, like our height or weight or color, we learn to accept what is and deal with it the best we can. But if we were rejected in ways that are unfair…. well, that’s a different story.
At the very least there is the initial sting of pain, or worse, anger when we are abused through rejection. It is our pride that tastes the bitter fruit of someone’s arrogance. God would then check our spirit by remembering Christ’s rejection. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)
Could it be we have much to learn about humility?
“But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)