Today we look at his own, all who did, and even give a nod to whosoever. Today we consider the significance of receiving Jesus. Those who receive him are given the right to become children of God. Not by human origin – by divine power from above…
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Receive Christ and be born of God. That’s the gospel in a sentence. When Jesus came to earth, he was not received by his own. His own is the people of Israel. There were some who did, as the disciples and the early church were made in Jerusalem and the surrounding region.
Yet in large part, because Israel did not receive him, his message was open to all who did receive him. That’s us. Not part of Israel, yet still part of God’s plan through Jesus. The few of his own are the natural branches and the all who did are the wild olive shoot. We are grafted together in Jesus Christ. We are grafted together into whosoever.
Whosoever believes in him will have eternal life (John 3:16). By receiving Jesus in faith, God makes us alive spiritually and adds us to his family – the family of God.
Every generation has the opportunity. Every nation, tribe, and tongue will have the opportunity. Every person has the opportunity to become part of all who did. Every person has the opportunity to receive him and enter into the Kingdom of God.
So where are you at? Have you considered the story of Jesus? Have you considered the life of Jesus? Have you considered the death of Jesus for you? And have you considered the significance and power of the resurrection of Jesus?
He came to meet you… and me. Let’s become all who did together.