“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God”
Although He was generally not recognised or received there were some who did receive Jesus. To those who did and who put their trust in Him He gave an astonishing and priceless gift. It was the right to become children of God – to enter into a relationship with God that they had never had before, and one which would be both intimate and eternal. This was not just the forgiveness of sins but a spiritual transformation into a whole new life and way of living.
Clothed with the identity of Christ and sealed with the life-changing gift of the Holy Spirit they were received as sons and daughters of the Almighty Father.
There is a lovely moment in Jesus parable of the Lost Son. When the son returns home in rags and poverty the Father calls out for the servants to ‘bring the best robe and put it on him.’ The best robe can only be that of the Father himself and with it the son receives the covering identity and standing of the Father. He is clothed in a new identity and righteousness. He belongs in a way he never had before.
Those who refused to receive and believe Jesus clearly did not receive this right and their future is left in the hands of God.
In Christ I am a new creation with a new identity and future.
Father thank you so much for the privilege, honour and blessing that You have bestowed upon me. Please help me to treasure my new relationship with You and to live it every moment of my life. Amen.