To Receive Him – John 1:11-12

“He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God”

John 1:11-12

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King!

These words have become very meaningful to me this Christmas season as I have contemplated the verse above in John chapter 1. When songs are sung so often, it can be easy to sing the words and not truly think about what they mean. But this year, I recognize the plea they contain.

A proclamation of joy, that the Lord has come!

And a plea that His earth would receive Him. That we would receive Him.

Not because He is needy. But because we are.

We need a savior, and a Savior has come to us.

And to all who receive Him, we are not only saved. We are brought into the family of God. Given the right to become His children.

This right is not something we hold inherently as God’s creation. No, it must be granted. A position of such great status – beloved, protected, claimed by the Holy God as one of His own – this is not something to take lightly. And it was gained for us through nothing less than the blood of Jesus Christ who covers our sin and has taken our iniquities away.

It is in receiving Him that He saves us and then gives us this amazing right. To become the children of God. Loved by the Father as He loves the Son (John 17:23), experiencing this love in a relationship restored because God sent His Son to die in our place, paying the price for our sin and rebellion. Making peace through the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:19-20).

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing!

May these words resonate in your heart with the beautiful hope they hold and the heartfelt plea sent from the Father’s heart to yours. He has sent His Son, that you would be healed, that you would be free, that you would be forgiven, and that you would be His, to know His glory, love, and grace forever.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

1 Peter 2:9-10

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

John 3:16-17

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