December 23: The Certainty of Salvation (John 6:35-40)
John 6:39 "And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but I will raise it up on the last day."
Another reason to celebrate Christ during the Advent season is that he has come to make certain the reality of salvation. Jesus in some of his most comforting words says, “Whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (6:37). In our passage this week, Jesus provides certainty to Christians of their perseverance in the faith leading to their glorious resurrection on the last day. In fact, Jesus states that this was the will of the One who sent him: “That I should lose nothing of all that he has given me.” So the Christian marvels over the unity of purpose between the Father and the Son as the Father gives the task of securing a people, and the Son is pleased to accomplish this task.
- In your pursuit of satisfaction, what are you prone to pursue that supplants Jesus as all-satisfying?
- Speak to the difficulty of recognizing true needs versus superficial wants.
- Why is it essential that the Father initiates salvation through giving us to the Son? What is an appropriate response to his initiation? How does this describe the process of becoming a Christian?
- Speak to your personal confidence in the security of your salvation. Why do you feel secure or insecure in this regard?
- What does it mean to “look on the Son,” and how are you practicing this in your life?
- How does contemplating being raised on the last day affect the joy of our daily life?
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