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JOHN 6:37-40


Today we finish our Christmas series. Itís not been the typical Christmas series where we look at the traditional scenes about Jesusí birth Ė Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the angels, the wise men. Itís a series called ďWhat Jesus Said About Why He Came.Ē During the Christmas season, we celebrate ďGod with usĒ Ė when God came to earth as a man. That God-manís name is Jesus and during His time here on earth, He made several declarations concerning why He came. During this series weíve been looking at those statements and how they affect our lives. Todayís statement: ďI Came to Do the Fatherís Will.Ē
A man was bitten by a dog and went to see his doctor. The doctor checks the wound, takes some samples, disinfects the wound, and sends the man back out to the waiting room to wait for the results of the rabies test.
The doctor comes out to the waiting room some time later to speak to another patient and notices that the man bitten by the dog is furiously writing on a piece of paper. The doctor walks over to him and says, ďI doubt that your problem is all that serious. In any case, thereís no need to make out a will.Ē The man says, ďIím not making out a will. Iím making a list of people I want to bite.Ē
What is a ďwillĒ? A will, in this sense, is our choices or determinations concerning what happens to our material possessions when we die. Jesus claimed that He came to earth to do the will of His Father. Jesus meant that He was here to follow the Fatherís choice or determinations. He didnít seek to please himself but to please the Father. Jesusí obedience to the Fatherís will has provided us not only with an example to follow but also with blessings beyond measure. Letís look together the implications of Jesusí statement and how it empowers us to live according to the Fatherís will.
Jn. 6:37-40 Ė ďAll that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive
away. 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 that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Fatherís will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will
raise him up at the last day.Ē

In the broader scope of this passage, Jesus is speaking to a group of people who sought Him out after He had fed them with a miracle using only five small loaves of barley bread and two small fish. Those who camped out following that meal woke up the next morning and discovered that Jesus and His disciples had gone to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. They went to look for Him because they wanted breakfast. They wanted more bread.
Jesus tells them about the Bread of Life Ė referring to Himself. This bread would