John 1:12 speaks of receiving Jesus Christ and defines the term:
"But as many as received him [Jesus Christ], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
John equates “receiving” Jesus with “believing” in Him, which results in one’s becoming a child of God. So, receiving Jesus has to do with FAITH. We trust who Jesus is and what He has done on our behalf.
When we “receive” Jesus, we take Him to ourselves and cling to the truth about Him.
To receive Jesus as our Savior means we look to Him and Him alone as the One who forgives our sin, mends our relationship with God, and provides us entrance to heaven. Scripture is plain that “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
**To receive Jesus as our Lord **means we let go of the lesser gods we have built our lives around. We may know the facts about Jesus as detailed in the Bible—we can even acknowledge the truth of those facts—without being a part of God’s family. We cannot receive Jesus as Lord without displacing the idols in our lives—idols such as power, popularity, wealth, or comfort that we trust to provide us with purpose and strength.
Jesus described the need to follow Him wholeheartedly in Luke 9:23: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
DO YOU WANT TO BE SAVED?
When you receive God’s Son, you receive everlasting life. You can’t have one without the other:
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:12).
“As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).
Will you receive Him today?
Carefully read and think about the Scripture verses quoted above. Then talk to God in your own words, confessing to Him that you are a sinner in need of salvation.
Thank Him for sending Jesus to take the punishment your sins deserve.
Put your total trust in what He has done for you. Ask Him to save you, and He will!
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” \(Acts 16:31).
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE SAVED?
Pray and talk to God through our Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart.
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I repent for my sins and unless You save me, I am lost forever. I thank You for dying for me on the cross. I come to You now, Lord Jesus, knowing that You alone can save me. I now receive You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Mighty Name, Lord Jesus, Amen.