May 7, 2014
Today’s gospel: John 6:35-40
Two days ago, we looked at what was the work of God, and it is to bring people to faith in Jesus. Thus we need to proclaim the gospel, to evangelize. Today we look at the will of God. Jesus says, “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” (v.40).
What is the will of the Father? It is that everyone enter into eternal life. This is why God sent His Son, who wins for us our salvation, making possible our resurrection into eternal life. How does such salvation happen? It starts when we meet Christ, when we have a personal encounter with him. We see him and begin to know him. We are friends. We then put our faith in him. We believe in him and accept him as Savior and Lord. Our lives begin to be transformed. We begin to live Christ.
When we live God’s way of life as He intends, then we will merit eternal life. Jesus himself assures us, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (v.35). The problem is that many know about Jesus but do not know Jesus, and have not put their faith in him. “But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe.” (v.36).
This is tragic. God sent His own Son to win for us our salvation. God desires this salvation for all. Jesus came for all and says, “I will not reject anyone who comes to me” (v.37b). But many do not know Jesus, and many who know about him do not accept him as Savior and Lord.
What needs to happen? We need to share Christ. We proclaim Jesus so that people would meet him. We proclaim the gospel so that people would put their faith in him and start to live his way of life. Jesus says, “I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” (v.38). Now Jesus sends us, and wills that we proclaim the gospel. May we be able to say, “I do not do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”
But that is not all. We need to have a sense of urgency. We need to give the work of evangelization our all. Jesus says, “this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.” (v.39). Today people, including many Christians, are dying in their sins, and will not make it to eternal life in heaven. Jesus, in sending us, has entrusted the work of evangelization to all of us. Jesus in effect is depending upon us, his instruments, to get people to meet him, to live his way of life, and thus to make it to heaven. The harvest is rich and ripe for the picking. Now it is up to us. Let us not lose anything of what Jesus has entrusted to us. Let us bring people back to God, so that Jesus can raise them on the last day.
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God bless you.
“For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.” (Phil 1:21)