“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 6:38-40)
One pastor writes, “On several occasions in John’s Gospel divine election is described in terms of God the Father giving certain persons to God the Son (6:37, 39; 10:29; 17:1-2, 6, 9, 24). In each of these cases the giving of men to Christ precedes and is the cause of their receiving eternal life. Those who are given to the Son include not only the present company of disciples who believe in Jesus but also the elect of future ages who will come to faith through the gospel. Jesus looks upon them as already his (John 17:20-21; see also John 10:16; Acts 18:10), even though they have not yet believed in his name. They are his because they were given to him by the Father in eternity past.”
Jesus came down from heaven to do the Father’s will. In today’s text, He gives us a glimpse as to what the Father’s will entailed. It should be noted that there is no disagreement between the Father and the Son. Jesus’ submission to the Father evidences this harmony.
First, the Father’s will is that Jesus should not lose one soul of all the Father would give Him. All who belong to the particular class known as the elect, would not be lost but rather resurrected on the last day.
Additionally, Jesus also says, in a rather synonymous way, that the Father’s will is also that everyone who believes in Jesus Christ will not only have eternal life but also be raised on the last day.
Dr. R. C. Sproul explains that, “Our Savior had harsh words for the crowd who came calling for Him after He had multiplied five loaves and two fishes to feed them. Jesus told them that they were not searching after Him for the right reasons, that they came to see more works of wonder to confirm Him as an earthly liberator. They did not recognize the true import of our Lord’s signs, which was to reveal Him as the source of eternal life, the bread from heaven who satisfies our spiritual hunger forever. The crowd was laboring for what does not endure and was not working for the life that endures; they were not doing the work of God by trusting in Christ alone for salvation (John 6:1–35).”
The responsibility and credit for our salvation belongs to God. We can claim no glory for ourselves; though many try.
Thank God today for giving you as a gift to the Son. What an amazing, and gracious thing for God to do.
Soli deo Gloria!