John 6:35, 37, 40 – “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst… All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out… For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.’”
With news of the Ebola virus beginning to spread a bit more in the U.S., we as humans and citizens of this nation are reminded that we are not invincible. Many are well aware of financial hardship and uncertainty. Many are well aware of sickness and disease and physical injury. Living in this life is surely a test of strength and faith as we consider how insecure we feel at times in this earthly life.
John 6 is a remarkable chapter in the gospels; a chapter where Jesus reveals details about himself, the work of the Father, and the security of those who are in Christ. In light of how insecure we feel, we would do well to consider Jesus’ words. There are three important realities that Jesus teaches here.
First, he makes the statement that says, “All that the Father gives me will come to me.” Just a few verses later in 6:44 he says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” What this speaks to is a work in us and for us that is not dependent on us. This is a work done by the Father that puts us in the place of being able to hear the gospel and respond in faith to the gospel.
Second, this predetermined drawing implies that those who are drawn by the Father will not only hear of Jesus, but also believe in Jesus. Jesus says that whoever the Father has given to Jesus “will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” What Jesus is saying in these verses considers our sinful dead position apart from grace. He shows mercy and grace, and he calls us out of a life of destruction and leads us to the Savior.
What is most incredible is seen next. Third, those who have been drawn by the Father to the Son will have ultimate security. In the midst of earthly insecurity, as followers of Christ, we are promised eternal security. Jesus promises that we will “never hunger” and “never thirst.” He promises that those who the Father draws will never be “cast out.” In 6:39, Jesus even says that the Father’s will for Jesus is that he “should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.” God’s saving and his sealing of believers is truly something to continually think about.
Maybe even right now as I write this, you are considering mistakes that you have made, or ways in which you know you have failed in your pursuit of godliness and holiness. Maybe you’ve sinned, and the picture that you have of your earthly Father leaves you fearing that because you have made a mistake, you will be cast aside and forgotten. This is not the work of your heavenly Father. If you are in Christ, and you have been drawn by the Father to both look on the Son and believe, then you have eternal life and eternal security. Praise God for his sealing work in the believer! Praise God that though we fall, he continues to be faithful as he fulfills his promise through us and for us!