"I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don't let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.
This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by my Father be completed--not a single detail missed--and at the wrap up of time I have everything, and everyone put together, upright, and whole.
This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who He is and what He does and then aligns with Him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole at the completion of time." John 6:35-41 Msg.
Earlier this morning I was seeking Papa about the explosive power of Hope during hopeless circumstances. I was especially hoping for a word that would bring comfort to so many of my friends around the world who are suffering trying, testing times and circumstances. This passage couldn't be more on target.
Do you see anything in this scripture that remotely suggests that you or I are beyond His grace or that we are washed up spiritually? Is there anything in this very specific summary of Papa's plan through Jesus that leaves a shadow of doubt--that He will complete what Papa handed over to Him to finish?
Is there even the slightest suggestion in this passage that our failures or ongoing struggles have any chance to disqualify us from Papa's plan? 'Oops; sorry Papa, I tried to help put them on their feet, but their problems, history and sins were far more than I realized they were. They are hopeless! I just couldn't get the job done.' Hallelujah; Jesus gets the job done! Even though the waiting seems at times to be too long.
‘Waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, (the more hopeful we become) and the more joyful our expectancy (becomes).’ Romans 8:24-25, Msg.
What we have already experienced of salvation confirms our hope and continues to fuel our expectation for what we still cannot see. In the meantime, (through the eyes of faith) our expectation takes us beyond visual confirmation into a place of patient contentment.
Your part here is very simple and clear; trust that Jesus is who He says He is and that He does the saving, transforming, restoring, healing, sanctifying and completing-not you! And at the wrap up of time; He will have us put together, upright, and whole. Feed and drink in the glory of the true Gospel. Believe this wonderful Gospel for yourself today. He and Papa really do have everything handled.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33, LB Ron Ross