John 6:30-40 ~ June 19, 2011

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The LORD wants us not only to listen to Him but to heed what He is saying. So, let’s look , remember and do what He has said. First, He used verses 30-36 to plead with us not to let the lust for things of this world blind us from the realities of what is eternal. This is so true and so common. We live in a physical world and are continually focused on things. We think we need this and have to have that. But, as we have been told of the LORD in His Word, we are to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all of the things of the world that we need will be added to us, Matthew 6:30-33.

The LORD spoke to us of the story of Jacob and Esau. In Genesis 25:24-34, the scripture says that though Esau had the “Birthright” that is the right of carrying on the message of Messiah and the blessing of God, Esau wanted the things of the world and despised the birthright of God. His eyes were not on the eternal realities of the promise of God. The LORD speaks to us not to be focused on the things of this world but focus on the things of the kingdom of God.

Also, He gave us Mark 10:17-30, the account of the rich ruler that came to Jesus wanting eternal life. The ruler said that he had kept the commandments from his youth. Jesus said, “Yet there is one thing that you lack sell all you have and come follow me.” The ruler could not do it because his hope, future and comfort were in his riches. Jesus then told His disciples in verses 28-30 that all who leave everything for Him shall have more and better things. Their home, family and life will be better because they have sold out to Jesus. The LORD calls us to take our eyes off of the world and to put our eyes on Him and receive the better and give up looking at the lesser. Next, the LORD used verses 37-40 to show that He has known us before the world was made. He saw us receiving Christ Jesus and being in Christ Jesus. He called us to Himself to be His people. We are there because He called us. We come to church, look in the Bible and pray because we are hearing that call of God. We are seeking to receive what He has called us to be. Jesus said all who are doing that He “will not cast out.” In verse 39, the LORD shows us that we are secure in Him. Once we come to Him we are sealed by the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 1:13-14. 1Peter 1:5 declares, “We are kept by the power of God through faith. . .” When we receive this truth, we begin to walk in true faith, knowing that our destiny is in the hands Jesus and not in our works. The last point was in John 6:40, urging all to believe in Him, His Word and follow Him. If we do this, we will have that everlasting life that begins the moment we give up the old life and take up the new life in Christ Jesus. He will raise us up at His coming.

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