Bible Reading: John 6:35-40
Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me. This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the Father be completed—not a single detail missed—and at the wrap-up of time I have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole. This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole at the completion of time.
[John 6:37-40 The Message]
Although I have my favourite Bible translation I often turn to modern and paraphrased versions for insight, and this morning I was especially blessed by this passage in the Message Bible.
When Isaiah saw the Lord [Isaiah 6:1-9], his life was totally changed. After his sin had been forgiven he heard the Lord’s voice, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Similarly, in Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let us make man in our image.” Notice the plural words, us and our. Elohim, one of the Hebrew names for God, is also plural! It is not that there are many gods, but One God, in three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and they work together in perfect unity. Their passion is our salvation! Isn’t that astounding – the passion of Almighty God is our salvation.
God, the Father planned our salvation. Jesus, the Son bought our salvation. The Holy Spirit executes our salvation. The Father chooses us, and yet we have the right to accept or refuse His love. The Father gives those who will be saved to the Son, and yet equally the Father wants everyone who sees the Son to believe in Him. A well-known preacher said that over the doorway that we enter for salvation are written the inviting words, “Whosoever will may come,” but looking back we see over the doorway the words, “Chosen of God”! The Father knows who will accept His love, because He is all knowing, and knows the end from the beginning. He has chosen us and then gives us the privilege of accepting or rejecting His offer.
There are three wonderful promises in this passage. Firstly, Jesus promises that those who come to Him will certainly not be cast out or rejected by Him [v.37]. Secondly, Jesus promises that He will take care of those who come to Him. Not one of them lost [v.39]. Thirdly, Jesus promises that He will raise up those who come to Him on the last day [v.39]. His children, who chose His will be “together, upright and whole!”
Something to Do:
Will you praise the Lord for His wonderful plan and purpose for your life? That He is passionate about you and your eternal safety. Praise Him for His promises. Speak them out and repeat them over and over again. Through today continue to praise Him.