December 20, 2022 – Tuesday
Why Jesus Came – 9
John 6:38-40 NIV
38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.
40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
Three verses, all spoken by Jesus and all about Why He Came. So, we will look at each verse both independently and how they play together or intertwine.
Looking first at verse 38 we have, For I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me (capitalizations added throughout). And this verse is so reminiscent of John 5:30, By Myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and My judgment is just, for I seek not to please Myself but Him who sent Me. Two things jump out at me, first in verse 38 Jesus was letting us know He chose to come down from heaven for the express purpose of doing His Father’s will and it was His Father who sent Him. Then from chapter 5 verse 30, with all that He can do, He seeks to please Him (His Father) who sent Him. It reads as a choice, but one where He could not imagine choosing otherwise. We see this when He says, I seek not to please Myself but Him who sent Me. He not only chooses this but seeks to please His Father. Clearly, they are of one (!) min
Next looking at verse 39 we have, And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. Jesus will lose none of those who have been given to Him. None of those who have come to believe in Him shall be lost and they will all be raised up at that last day when He returns. It is interesting to look at the word translated as given, in the Greek didómi. When I read the verse it sounds like the past tense to me, but when I look up the word in Strong’s G1325 I find it is a prolonged form of a primary verb or to state it differently, it is an ongoing act of giving, at least in our perception of time. But what does it mean that we are given to Jesus?
For the answer to that we have to look at the next verse, verse 40, For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. Here we find out who is given to Jesus and why it is an ongoing act of giving. The Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life. Choose to believe in Jesus and the Father gives you to Jesus and says those shall have eternal life! And as Jesus stated earlier, He will raise up the believers at the last day. That was true for the thief on the cross and still true today for those who look to Jesus and believe in Him. Neither the Father’s will nor Jesus’ promise dims with time.
In summary, Jesus came from heaven to do His Father’s will to bring the promise of eternal life for those who choose to believe in Him, that He will raise them up at the last day. Further, He will not lose a single believer who has come to Him. His Father gives the believers to Him for all eternity.
Bottom Line: Jesus and the Father love us so much, they offer us the gift of eternal life if we will but believe in Jesus.
Prayer: Almighty God, It is wonderful that it is Your will that as believers we will be raised up at the last day by the one who died for our sins, Your Son. Thank You for such wonderful promises. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton