John 6:37-38

John 6:37-38 has Jesus continuing to educate the crowd about eternal life and His foundation in that.  “I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t really believe me. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me”. Jesus, and John the Baptist before Him, have communicated – eternal life is about a personal faith relationship with Jesus.  There has to be real belief, not just knowledge of Jesus.  And it can’t be based on your parents or grandparents faith.  This requires individual, relationship faith with the Savior.

Jesus is there with arms wide open waiting to receive us.  Scripture paints a great picture of how we should come running to Jesus.  Why?  Because if we truly understand the penalty of our sin (death) and the outcome if we don’t have than sin forgiven (eternal separation from God) – if we understand those two things we should be running to the Savior who offers us God’s free gift of eternal life that frees us from the penalty of sin and grants us eternity with the Father.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  It isn’t something we earn or deserve, it is something we reach out and grab for ourselves.  God has extended the offer through Christ.  It is ours for the taking.  But we have to act.  We have to receive.  We have to take it as our own.

But Jesus goes further, way further with His promise to us.  Once we become His, we remain His forever.  “And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go”. Jesus doesn’t just invite us to come to Him.  He promises to receive us and place us in a safe place forever.  Eternity is a very long time, and Jesus makes it clear that once we are saved, we will always be saved.  Once we are His, that relationship never changes.  We are born again spiritually, and can never lose that truth.  It’s like a physical birth.  Once a child is born, that child is ours forever.  It doesn’t mean the relationship is always great, and even that at times we may not treat each other like parent and child. But it doesn’t change the truth.  Once a child of ours, always a child of ours no matter what else happens.

That’s true of our spiritual life too.  When we receive Christ as our Savior and grab onto the free gift of grace God has offered us, we become a Child of God. And once we are His, we remain His, not based on what we do or how we live, but based on our spiritual rebirth.  It’s a promise we all need to grab onto.  Jesus came to set us free from sin and to allow us to enter eternity with the Father.  “I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me”.  That was God’s master plan, and it was flawlessly executed by His Son, even when it meant taking the sin of the world with Him to the cross.  We can become a Child of God and receive eternity that is guaranteed.  It happens by faith.  Do you have that assurance?

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