Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
In the beginning was the Word who was with God and was God. The Word made everything, and His life is the light that shines in the darkness.
The Word came into the world, but the world rejected Him. He came to His own people, but they rejected Him. But to all who receive Him, He gives the right to become children of God.
Jesus is the Word of God who brings eternal life. He gives us the right to become children of God.
In the beginning, we were created in the image of God. Human beings are meant to be like God in character and in motivation. Sin has defaced that image, so that, far from being God’s children, we are like rebels living as if we control our own destiny.
We were created to be God’s children, but we have run away from home and rejected our Father’s blessing.
Everyone who receives Jesus the Word and believes in His name now has the right to be called a child of God. This is restoration of our birth right.
John says that we must believe in the name of Jesus. This means we must trust in Jesus, own Him as Lord and follow in His path. It is not as simple as saying a prayer. It is wholesale dedication to serving Jesus, recognising that nothing else will save us.
We were drowning in the middle of the ocean, but a life vest floats past us. The only way to be saved is to receive that life vest and believe that it can hold us safely in the water.
Everyone who receives Christ, who makes Him their Lord, will be saved. Everyone who trusts in Him is adopted into God’s family. To be saved is to come home to the place of safety, warmth and love.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me. Thank you for this awesome promise that if I give my heart to you, you will make me a part of your family. What a promise! Amen.