You have the right

constitutionAmericans are proud of our rights. We have the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments to the Constitution), and, of course, the US Declaration of Independence with the time-honored phrase:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

We even offer the Miranda warning (or Miranda rights) to criminal suspects in police custody. “You have the right to remain silent,” and so on.

I am, in fact, thankful to live in a country where an individual’s rights are considered important. However, regardless of your government, I want to tell you about a right that is yours and cannot be withdrawn.

The Gospel of John begins, appropriately, with Jesus: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (v. 1). It continues by describing Jesus as: The true light that gives light to everyone (v. 9). Verse 12 delivers the good news, the news that you are assigned, through Jesus (Word, God, true light), a right that is greater than all those claimed in government documents.

to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

Amazing. Through our simple belief in Jesus as the substitute for our sins, we are given the right to be God’s children, fully accepted, fully loved. Believe. Claim your right!

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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