For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.’
This chapter is full of promises from Jesus, and in these verses we have a very personal one: “I will raise them up at the last day”. It’s so important that he says it twice, in verse 39 and again in verse 40. But the two verses have a slightly different emphasis – in v.39 the context is the Father’s gracious plan of salvation (actually he repeats the statement in verse 44, so he says “I will raise them up” three times altogether – and there will be a fourth tomorrow); that’s why Jesus came. Our salvation was initiated by God’s will, and provided by his sovereign grace and power. In v.40 on the other hand, the emphasis is on our faith – “everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him”. Our future resurrection depends on God’s sovereign grace, but also on our personal faith. God provides, but we have to accept it.
Thank you for your salvation, help me embrace it in every area of my life today.
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