Summary: A look at some of the "I Will" Statements of Jesus.
There are times when our human reasoning deduces what Christ will or will not do. And left to our own thinking we are often mistaken.
There are times when we hear voices in the world trying to tell us what Christ will or will not do. But quite frankly, they don’t have a clue.
There are even instances when the devil and his demons plant suggestions in our minds as to what Christ will or will not do. But since Satan is a liar (John 8:44) and has our worst interest at heart, we know better than to trust him.
It is good to know the Bible gives us Christ’s own declarations about what He will and will not do. We need not guess. We need not be in doubt. We can have assurance. If we feed our faith our doubts will starve to death!
For that assurance let’s look at a few of the "I will" statements of Jesus.
1. If we come to Him for salvation He will receive us!
John 6:37 - "All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I WILL never drive away."
Jesus doesn’t turn anyone away. Period.
No one who wants to come to Him will be turned away.
We will all experience rejection from people and from man-made organizations and that rejection is very hurtful. But no one will ever experience the pain of rejection from Jesus in this time of grace.
Our human reasoning conjures up the idea that a person can be such a notorious sinner that Christ won’t want him or her. Nothing could be further from the truth! It is because we are sinners that Christ wants us!
He said, "I didn’t come to call the rightesous, but sinners. People who are well don’t need a doctor but those who are sick."
When commerce had been reestablished with the converted cannibalistic people of the Fiji Islands, a merchant who was an atheist landed on the islands to do business. He was talking to the Fiji chief and noticed a Bible and some other religious paraphernalia around the chief’s house.
He chided the chief for listening to the foolishness of the Christian missionaries.
The chief replied, "Do you see that large white stone over there? That is the stone where just a few years ago we used to smash the heads of our victims to get at their brains. Do you see that large oven over there? That is the oven where just a few short years ago we used to bake the bodies of our victims before we feasted upon them. Had we not listened to what you call the nonsense of the Christian missionaries, I assure you that your head would already be smashed on that rock and your body would be baking in that oven!"
There is no record of that merchant’s response to that explanation, but the account wonderfully reminds us that Christ meant it when He said that He would not turn anyone away - even cannibals!
(Story taken from "Revolution in World Missions" by K. P. Yohannan.)
2. If we come to Him with our burdens He will give us rest.
Matthew 11:28 - "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I WILL give you rest."
We all need rest. Not just physical, but also emotional and spiritual rest. Sometimes our spirits are in turmoil. The stresses of life make us weary.
What a wonderful promise of Jesus - "I WILL give you rest." But don’t miss the entire message.
In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright Brothers were finally successful in getting their "flying machine" off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine back home in Ohio. "We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas."
Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, "How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas."
He totally missed the big news! Man had flown!
(Taken from "Our Daily Bread", Dec. 23, 1991)
When you seek Christ’s gift of rest don’t forget the big news. "COME TO ME all who are weary and burdened."
We have the privilege of coming to Christ! We have a God who wants a friendship relationship with us!
Don’t just come for the blessings - come for the Blessor! To come into His presence is to know rest for our weariness.
We’ve all been with our family and friends when we were weary and known how their companionship gave us rest. Christ activates that same principle to perfection!
3. If we follow Him, He will make us fishers of men.
Matthew 4:19 - "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I WILL make you fishers of men."