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Will We Receive Jesus?

Will we receive Jesus or will we reject Him?

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We ought to study the Bible not just to know facts, but to apply those things we learn to our lives. Studying the life of Jesus is not just some educational exercise – it is meant to change us completely. As we come to know more about Jesus, we will all be faced with a decision of eternal consequence – will we receive Him or not? Will we take Him for Who He is, or will we attempt to make Him be what we want Him to be? Let's consider some reasons why some do not receive Jesus, and then examine ourselves. 

The Worldly Do Not Know Him (John 1:10). 

The Bible gives us reasons why some do not know the Lord. Some do not know Him because they are not concerned about the truth and coming to know the truth (John 18:33-38). Some do not know Him because they trust more in man’s power than God’s power (John 19:6-11). Still, others do not know Him because they care more about being comfortable in this life than doing what is right (John 19:12-16).

The “Religious” Do Not Receive Him (John 1:11). 

Sometimes, even those who claim to be religious do not receive Jesus. This may be because they love the darkness more than the Light (John 3:19-20). Maybe because they are afraid of what others think will think of them (John 7:13; 9:22). Some do not receive Him because they are misinformed about the facts (John 7:40-43). Others will not receive Jesus because they are hardened by their own traditions (John 9:13-16). There are even some religious people who will not receive the Lord because they love the praise of men more than the praise of God (12:42-43).

The question we must all ask ourselves is, Will We Receive Him (John 1:12-13)? 

In order to receive Him, we must come to know Him (John 13:15-17). Also, to receive Him, we must submit to His authority (John 12:48-50).

Personal Application: I will dedicate myself to receiving and submitting to Jesus for Who God says He is, not Who I want Him to be.

If we are trying to make Jesus be what we want Him to be – then we will never be able to receive Him. If we are concerned about remaining comfortable in this world and doing what pleases us – then we will never be able to receive Him. Will we commit ourselves to knowing Him as He truly is and submitting ourselves to Him in every way?


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