Knowing Jesus Better Series, John 6:44-59
Every Lent, we emphasize the call of God to salvation because that’s what this season is all about. We are saved by the gospel, and this is the gospel that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and resurrected that we, too, may have life in Him. God has summoned many people to Himself. Isaiah 43:1 is an example of God summoning people by name, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. A summon is an authoritative call to draw people to His salvation. But, “How do you know that God is drawing you to come to Him? You know that God is drawing you to Himself, when…
1. God grants you the will to come to Him. v.44
“44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:44.
God draws people to salvation.
“16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16.
God selectively chooses the person to come to Him.
“14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:14.
God can create circumstances to grant you the will to believe.
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” Romans 10:14-15, 17.
We come to faith through hearing the gospel.
“there is no one who seeks God.” Romans 3:11b.
On our own, we will never seek God.
2. God grants you the will to know His Truth. v.45
“45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.”
Romans 3:11a, “11 there is no one who understands;”
God must be the One to teach us and bring help us to understand His Word.
“26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26.
God sends to us the Holy Spirit at the moment we completely believe in Jesus.
God can open the mind of the unwilling to make it willing. See Acts 9.
“14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14.
The Holy Spirit helps us to understand the Word of God.
Deuteronomy 8:3, “3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
God can create circumstances that would enable us to crave for His Word.
3. God grants you the will to know Jesus better. v.49-51
“49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
Exodus 3:14, “14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
Knowing Jesus as the source and the giver of eternal life.
Knowing Jesus as Divine because it is only God who can forgive sins and provide eternal life.
Application: The most basic fundamentals in our faith is the most often ignored. Thus, give your utmost attention to these three things.
You’ll never fully know, whom God is calling, thus, we share the Word with our family and friends.
Pray that the Holy Spirit would prompt you to read, learn and understand God’s Word better
Develop the habit of Bible reading. Make a one-year or two-year reading plan
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