In the evening, the whole city gathered at the door, and Jesus, instead of telling them to go away until they met certain conditions, received them. Jesus stands ready to receive you now too – just as He was ready and willing to receive those who came to Him in our text – if you come to Him on His terms.

This morning, we consider three things: 

  • That the Lord is willing to receive you and minister to you if you will come to Him. 
  • That sometimes even those in the “church” may put obstacles in the way, but the Lord calls you to come to Him now. 
  • That the Lord wants you, if you know Him, to invite others to come to Him now for the same reason, because He stands ready to receive them.

Jesus stands ready to receive you – don’t be afraid that He will turn you away; He won’t, if you come to Him in faith. He stands ready to receive you now – don’t put it off until you think you’ve done something to make you more worthy.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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