All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 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.”
Jesus is never afraid to use all inclusive words whenever they relate to His activity and His promises. We often get burned by the use of such words.
“I’ll never do that again.”
“This is all I have and all I can do.”
Many of us can probably still feel the sting of the promises we failed to keep. I guarantee we can feel the sting of the promises others failed to keep. It’s much easier to be offended and remember than to remember our own offenses. I digress. Words which leave us without an excuse and no way out of a promise often burn us. We qualify most anything when we can get away with it. It’s safer. Not so for Lord Jesus. He wasn’t afraid to make promises He knew He would keep and He did not qualify His promises. All and never were words He could speak confidently.
The application is clear, right? Those who are receiving the lordship of Jesus having pledged their lives to Him in faith can rest assured that no temporary suffering or setback will ever affect the eternal promise they have received. Whatever they do. Whatever they experience. Anything that grips them from the outside or from within and attempts to pull them from the amazing goodness of Christ will never succeed. He will never reject them. There is no physical experience or activity that can separate that one from the saving grace of Jesus Christ. He will never cast them out. Never. (It is all I can do not to ‘protect Jesus’ by qualifying His promise. As if God needs my protection).
All who bring their hearts and lives to Jesus in faith will be eternally rescued by the One Who was, is and continues to be the Everlasting God. None will be left behind who call on His Name. All He receives He will redeem. Those who fall here on this broken earth will be raised up in the end into the eternal dwellings, life eternal. In days such as these when an evil virus sweeps through the earth literally seeking whom it may destroy, this promise of Lord Jesus looms large. He will keep all who call. He will cover all He receives. As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1.18-22, “All of the promises are ‘Yes’ in Christ Jesus our Lord.” All.
Don’t let the circumstances of this existence own your thoughts, guide your decisions and leave you hopeless. Dwell on the guarantees of God and gain hope. Jesus Christ is Hope. He is the Hope of glory within each believing disciple. There is no virus or any other physical entity that can weaken His promise and His power. Set your mind on things above where Christ is. He keeps His promises and your welfare is secure. All who come to Him will never be cast out. Walk by faith not by sight.