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John 6.39-45 – God’s gracious gift
Posted: 14 January 2011 in John

And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

At one level the Jews reaction to Jesus is very easy to understand. If somebody from our neighbourhood, whom we known for years, was suddenly to announce himself to be of divine origin, our immediate reaction would probably be to send for a psychiatrist.

And yet, in Jesus’ case there were at least a few people who had been given eyes to see, and who could discern his true identity. This is a very great gift. Why did God choose precisely those people to be the recipients of this gift? Who knows? But we are here made aware of the gracious nature of God’s activity, in giving sight to the spiritually blind, and of our utter dependence upon the God without whom we can do nothing.

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