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Because the last two months have been so demanding and hectic, I was not able to post anything for July and August. But a 21-hour transit back to Texas from South Africa provided opportunity to consider a series of posts inspired by a recent reading through the Gospel of John.

Crowd in IcelandJohn chapter 1 is the introduction to the biography of Christ that shows Him to be the very God Himself incarnate. Our human, religious concept concerning approaching the Almighty God of the universe and being accepted by Him may be one fraught with trepidation or anxious hesitation. Thus, when our eyes come to verse 12 and read the word “as many as received Him,” we may be taken aback with bewilderment. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name” (John 1:12). “As many as received Him” means “anyone who received Him” or “whosoever received Him.” This is absolutely astounding! One need not climb the highest mountain, or accomplish some nearly impossible feat, or be better than all the rest. One need only receive Him! It is as though He has done everything and is simply waiting for us to receive. And the rest of the Scriptures do unveil that, indeed, Christ has done everything, and He is, in fact, waiting for us and even prompting us to turn and take Him as the cup prepared for our salvation (Psa. 116:12-13).