THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
THE WILL OF THE FATHER
Today’s gospel: John 6:35-40
Two days ago, we looked at what was the work of God,
and it is to bring people to faith in Jesus. Thus we need
to proclaim the gospel, to evangelize. Today we look at the
will of God. Jesus says, “For this is the will
of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes
in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the
last day.” (v.40).
is the will of the Father? It is that everyone enter into
eternal life. This is why God sent His Son, who wins for us
our salvation, making possible our resurrection into eternal
life. How does such salvation happen? It starts when we meet
Christ, when we have a personal encounter with him.
We see him and begin to know him. We are friends. We then
put our faith in him. We believe in him and accept him as
Savior and Lord. Our lives begin to be transformed. We begin
to live Christ.
we live God’s way of life as He intends, then we will
merit eternal life. Jesus himself assures us, “I am
the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (v.35).
The problem is that many know about Jesus but do
not know Jesus, and have not put their faith in him. “But
I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe.”
is tragic. God sent His own Son to win for us our salvation.
God desires this salvation for all. Jesus came for all and
says, “I will not reject anyone who comes to me”
(v.37b). But many do not know Jesus, and many who know about
him do not accept him as Savior and Lord.
needs to happen? We need to share Christ.
We proclaim Jesus so that people would meet him. We proclaim
the gospel so that people would put their faith in him and
start to live his way of life. Jesus says, “I came down
from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one
who sent me.” (v.38). Now Jesus sends us, and wills
that we proclaim the gospel. May we be able to say, “I
do not do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”
that is not all. We need to have a sense of urgency. We need
to give the work of evangelization our all. Jesus says, “this
is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose
anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on
the last day.” (v.39). Today people, including many
Christians, are dying in their sins, and will not make it
to eternal life in heaven. Jesus, in sending us, has entrusted
the work of evangelization to all of us. Jesus in effect is
depending upon us, his instruments, to get people to meet
him, to live his way of life, and thus to make it to heaven.
The harvest is rich and ripe for the picking. Now it is up
to us. Let us not lose anything of what Jesus has entrusted
to us. Let us bring people back to God, so that Jesus can
raise them on the last day.