June 23, 2011
V 12 but to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
When John uses the words “receive him” he means more than just agreeing with what Jesus said on an intellectual level. On most issues, I would say that the majority of the people in the world would agree with what Jesus said and taught. What I mean by that is most want to be a good person. Most want to be known as honest, kind, and good, up to a point of course. Most would be able to say on an intellectual level they believed in Him. Yet, it takes more than that. To “believe in” Him requires a deep personal trust, which is just absent on our own. We, as believers, can’t just pick and choose the parts that are easy to believe about Jesus. We have to believe in them all; every word that He said must be true, and must be evident in our lives. Sometimes that’s hard and difficult because quite frankly we don’t want to obey what He commanded. Yet, for those that “receive him, who believe in his name” HE gives them the “right to become children of God.” Once again the reward far outweighs the difficulty, and we are never left alone in our measly strength in which to accomplish this, but we have God’s strength, through which we can do all things, right?