Have you received Jesus?  What does that question mean to you?  Does it mean that you have confessed your sins and accepted God’s mercy through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection making Him Lord of your life?

In the theological quest to be reconciled to God, that is receiving Jesus.  It is a most important starting point of identifying yourself as a follower of Jesus.  The creeds are all about this truth.

Jesus had some other ideas about how we receive Him.

Matthew 10:
 40"He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. 41Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward. 42And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."

The gist of receiving Jesus is intimately connected to our receiving of others.  When you are accepted as a spiritual brother or sister, the one accepting you is receiving Jesus from you.

When you receive a messenger of Jesus and accept their direction, you receive the One who sends them.  If you accept my words as one who is sent by God to speak to you, then you have also received Jesus. 

The prophet’s reward is the encouragement and correction they bring.  Truth spoken in love is very rewarding to the ones who receive it and its messenger.  We cannot receive the message and despise the messenger without offending the sender.

What is a righteous man’s reward?  When you are humble and concede that someone is right with God on a matter, you are blessed in knowing them and the truth they bear.  This is another way we receive Jesus—receiving the goodness and virtue found in another.  

Can you love and appreciate the police officer who pulls you over for speeding and gives you a ticket?

What is the disciple’s reward?  It is the reward of caring for others, loving them as if Jesus Himself were receiving your love.