Another thread, a very prominent one, is the idea of Believing. It appears first in John 1:12 and then appears repeatedly through the book.
Also, there are a variety of images or metaphors for belief that fall under ways to “receive” Christ: Believe, Receive, Drink, Eat, Let in, Come to Christ, Come to Light and so forth. These, it seems to me, are best read in the light of each other.
Here is a worksheet I will be using in the adult class. Feel free to take it and follow the threads.
Worksheet – 4.BelievingReceiving
Clearly John presents a biography of Jesus which calls for the response of faith. The result of faith is to receive eternal life. Eternal life is not merely a future event (i.e. “going to heaven”) but also a present experience. The result of not receiving him by faith is to remain under condemnation.
John 20:30-31 NIV – 84
30 Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.