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Jesus Will Not Reject His Own (John 6:35-48)

April 1, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we had the pleasure of welcoming our brother Jim Whittle (Project Director at Equipping Leaders International, Inc.) to bring the Word of God this week. This week’s sermon shows the power of rejection. Rev. Whittle highlights the significance of Christ’s sufficiency. The focus of this sermon is on the power of God’s acceptance in Jesus to overwhelm the enslaving effects of the fear of rejection.

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The Fathers Love Gifts to the Son

Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day (John 6:35-40;ESV).

Rev. Whittle emphasizes the importance God the Father giving those who come to Jesus the Son as love gifts. Fear leads to discouragement, but Jesus says He will not lose any nor reject those who come to Him in faith. Moreover, the love of Christ overwhelms and nullifies fear as we draw closer to Him (cf. 1 John 4:18).

The Sons Acceptance

So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, I am the bread that came down from heaven. They said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, I have come down from heaven? Jesus answered them, Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life (John 6:41-48; ESV).”

The Father draws us to Himself through Jesus. When God draws those who He choses to Himself, the love of Christ will overwhelm the fear of rejection, since they know Jesus accepts and receives them on behalf of the Father. For example, as we trust Christ instead of fear of rejection, we can imitate Christ by serving others in love; we can forgive freely; we can share the love of Christ through the preaching and teaching of His Word; and above all, we can become more generous with those in need.

Do you believe the Lord is drawing you to Himself?

We try everything in our power to avoid situations where we may experience rejection from others. How much more should we concern ourselves with our state before God? We cannot earn our salvation and unless the Father draws us to His Son, no sense of rejection will be more devastating than hearing Him say to us, “Depart from me” (Luke 13:23-30).

Listen to this week’s full sermon for free and check out the sermon note below.

For more information concerning Rev. Whittle and ELI, please visit their website at: http://www.equippingleadersinternational.org/missionary-families/rev-jim-and-shari-whittle/.

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