John 6:39-52

John 6:39-52

John 6:47Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired January 19, 2003.

So often we’re not looking for Jesus. So often we’re not looking for the will of the Father to be done in our lives, and so many times I find within Christendom, that we don’t care what God’s will is. We care what my will is. What’s going to get me ahead? What is going to make me look good? What’s going to cause my brothers and sisters around me to sit up and take notice of who I am? And so often we forget the reason we’ve been placed here. We’re not placed here just to search for Jesus. We’re placed here to find Jesus, and then come to know the will of the Father, and that will of the Father is not to do our will, and even Jesus Himself, Who came from heaven, Who is the Son of God, the embodiment of God in the flesh, tells us, “I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but to do the will of Him Who sent Me”… Any time you read within God’s Word those words — the will of God is — it should make you sit up and take notice. If the question has ever popped up in your heart, if you’ve ever been in a conversation where you’ve said to someone or heard someone say to you, “How can I know what God’s will is?” And you know what? We use the excuse of ignorance way too much. You know what? We’re not ignorant. We play ignorant. We have God’s Word, especially in this nation, so readily available to us that there should never, ever be an excuse for us to not know the will of the Father…

God’s will is simply for you to have salvation; to have that place in eternity before Him. And this is Jesus’s desire to fulfill the Father’s will in Him to bring you to that place. His Father’s will for you and I is that we would believe in Him, in Jesus, and that you and I should have eternal life…

I do believe, personally, that God the Father speaks to the heart of every man through His Holy Spirit, that He draws all men and gives them the opportunity to choose “yes” or “no” where Jesus is concerned, but He also lets men decide because of the hardness of their heart whether they’re going to receive, and those that are listening to God the Father and are drawn because of that Voice that they’re hearing will give their lives over, and Jesus tells them this. There’s only one way for it to happen. “Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to Me.” Do you realize that if you say you believe in God, and you go to church, and you read your Bible, and you do good things, but you don’t believe in Jesus that you have ignored everything the Father has tried to teach you… And this is where the rubber meets the road. Do you believe it? Are you going to choose to believe? And this is what Jesus has said, “Those who believe will be raised up. Those who do not believe,” Guess what? There’s only one other place for you to be…

And we tell kids, and we tell adults, that you can’t help being who you are. Jesus has just told us. You can help it. It’s a matter of faith. It’s a matter of choosing…

“I tell you the truth.” You want to know the truth? So often we don’t want to know the truth, and Jesus, just in this chapter has repeated it over and over again. “I tell you the truth.” And He’s saying this because we do not like to hear or know the truth.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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