Reflections

The Only Certainty in all our uncertainties.

Jesus said: “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (John 6:37)

I wonder if you have ever considered these remarkable words of Jesus? “All that the Father gives me will come to me”. Jesus does not say that they may come, or that they might come if they are good enough, but that they will come. It is a certainty.

Jesus says in this same chapter: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” (v44) and again “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

As we read through John’s good news account of Jesus we are struck by this over and over again, the work of God’s Holy Spirit in the hearts of spiritually dead people to awaken faith within, to awaken a new desire, a new passion for Jesus – people who now see his worth and attraction, his beauty and his power.

Friends, God is seated on His throne. He is unshaken by all that shakes us. He is not anxious or troubled by Coronavirus (as we are), rather He is working all things together for the good of His people. He is drawing people away from hopelessness toward the sure and certain hope found in Jesus Christ alone.

We have already been told in chapter 3 that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

The Certainty in our all our uncertainty only comes through trust in the One who is seated on the throne: King JESUS Himself. The One who faced death in our place for all our wrongdoing, all our sin in order to bring us into His eternal kingdom without sin and sickness, without trouble or anxiety, free from worry and fear.

Jesus says: “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”

Maybe like no other time before in our lifetime have we been so forced to see the uncertainty of our world and all that we are tempted to put our hope into. Could the mercy of God in this be found, that we are being drawn away from all that does not last and is vain to hope in – in order that we might hear HIS voice and see the Beauty of His Face in His Son, our King Jesus.

Jesus says to to those who eyes to see and ears to hear:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30)

Jesus is the Only Certainty in all our uncertainties.

Friends, put your trust in Him in Whom is all certainty, all goodness and delight.

Reflections

Anxiety, Fear? Or Peace and Rest?

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

Fear is defined as “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.”

To say we live in a world of fear is a great understatement. But nothing is new under the sun. Fears heighten and fears dissipate as threats (real or not) begin and conclude time and time again.

So, what gave the Psalmist here the ability then not to fear? What brought in peace where anxiety had breathed its deadly poison?

“I will fear no evil, for you are with me” says David the Psalmist. What was it? The LORD. My Shepherd. YOU are with me. YOUR rod and YOUR staff. In the temptation to fear the real evil, the real threat of death surrounding David, his hope was found not within himself, and not by ultimately escaping every valley of the shadow of death – rather it was found in relationship with the One who stands above and beyond even death: The LORD over death itself.

And JESUS, the LORD over death itself, said: “I am the RESURRECTION and THE LIFE. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:25-26).

Friends, in Jesus we find the only Good Shepherd who brings His people to green pastures, who leads us beside still waters (‘waters of rest’), who restores our souls.

Because the sting of death in sin has been defeated by Jesus on the cross for all who put their trust in Him. So, then we do not need to fear even death itself…

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).

Friends, we need what our world needs more than ever, to place our trust in Him, who took the punishment for all our sin.

In Him alone who can replace our fears with peace – in the certainty of His eternal love.