Summary: In these verses short verses there are 110 words. 98 have just one syllable. Eleven have two syllables. One has three syllables. Jesus uses the simplest language possible, yet He teaches us a truth that is so deep that no man who has ever lived can comprehend it completely.
An Invitation of Assurance
John 6:37-40 Monte T. Brown
November 10, 2013 Sunday Night
Stapp Zoe Baptist
As we come to an end of the sixth chapter of John we will find “An Invitation of Assurance.” So turn with me to our passage this evening as we read from John 6:37-40.
I can’t say the title of the message this evening without hearing the powerful song by Fanny Crosby a song taken from Hebrews 10:22 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” That song “Blessed Assurance”:
1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
3. Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
37All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:37-40 (KJV)
We have just read one of the most profound passages in the Bible today.
These verses contain truths that will never be fully comprehended by the mind of man until we stand complete in His image in glory.
In these verses short verses there are 110 words. 98 have just one syllable. Eleven have two syllables. One has three syllables. Jesus uses the simplest language possible, yet He teaches us a truth that is so deep that no man who has ever lived can comprehend it completely.
Still, it is truth so simple that even small children can grasp the heart of it.
In these verses we find yet another invitation from our Lord. It is an invitation designed to inspire confidence. These words speak of the confidence that rested within the heart of our Savior as He looked toward Calvary.
These words speak of the confidence that sinners can have as they see the horror, and understand the penalty, of their sins. These words speak of the confidence that can be possessed by the saints of God as they journey toward their home in Heaven.
This is “An Invitation of Assurance” and it has much to say to us today. Let’s take some time and consider together the great blessings that our Savior has embedded for us in His words.
I. The Savior’s Gift John 6:37a
Jesus has just declared His identity to the Jews. He has declared Himself to be the Bread of Life, v. 35. He tells them very clearly that anyone who will receive Him will neither hunger nor thirst.
Then, in John 6:36, Jesus makes a sad statement. He says, “ye also have seen me, and believe not”.
This statement brings into sharp focus the fact that the Jews had rejected Jesus as their Messiah.
In fact, John went so far as to say, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not”, John 1:11.
Some people might have seen this rejection by the Jews as an indication that the ministry of Jesus Christ was a failure. The very people He had come to turned a deaf ear to His preaching.
If anyone thought the ministry of Jesus was a failure, they were missing the big picture.
The first part of John 6:37 tells us about the Father’s gift to the Son.
This gift is given to Jesus as His reward for all that He suffered here on earth.
This gift is the proof and the promise that His mission into this world was not in vain.
This gift, though hard to comprehend for us mortals, is a greater blessing than we can fathom.
Look a little closer:
A. The Character Of This Gift – “all that the Father giveth me” –
The character of this gift is seen in the word “all”.