“All whom the Father gives me will come to me, and he who comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 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. 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” (John 6:37-39)
The day after Jesus had fed the crowd that followed Him, they followed Him again in boats across Lake Galilee, seeking to learn what God wanted them to do. This is the crowd that stirred His heart because they were like lost sheep without a shepherd (Matt 9:36) – a fair comment on the religious leaders of the day.
Speaking this time in the synagogue at Capernaum, He was critical: “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” (6:26) I have a firm personal belief that the Lord has a great sense of humor. I think this comment was made in that vein, to get the attention of those listening and focus it on what He was about to say about motives.
He went on to explain the distinction between earthly and heavenly treasures: “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” (6:27)
He wound up His message by giving them the assurance quoted here.
But as always, there was dissension in the crowd and some of them objected to Him calling Himself the bread of heaven. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they said.
Always, those who waver, the skeptics, and those who disagree. The seed falls on all types of ground, and much of it may perish.
But the promise of this scripture remains true for all those who believe and follow Him.
So many people today are talking about, and suffering, rejection. In our modern, technological age the modes of rejection have increased. Especially among young people, rejection and abandonment bite deeply at a time when the enemy is deliberately breaking the all-important supportive bonds that should come from family.
Take heart – there is One who cares, and will always care. He has promised – and His promises are “yes, and amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Remember, there is a great Old Testament passage, which affirms a mighty truth about Jehovah: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19, KJV)
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