Coming To Jesus
1. A favorite author of mine, Clarence Macartney, wrote a book entitled The Greatest Words in the Bible and in Human Speech. One of the words that he writes about is the word "come." He writes: "What is God's favorite word? What is the word that echoes sweet music in every part of the Bible? What was the word that God spake to man before He destroyed the earth with a flood? What is the word that prophets and apostles like to pronounce? What is the word that brought Peter to Jesus? What is the word that was so often upon the lips of Christ? What is the word that He spoke to little children, and to the weary and heavy laden? What is the word which, obeyed, awakens joy among the angels in heaven? What is the word which, disobeyed, brings sorrow to the heart of Christ? What is the word that brings the Bible to a close and strikes its final chord of music? What is the word which is inscribed in letters of gold over the gates of heaven, those gates to which the guardian angel of the souls of men are ever pointing their pilgrim feet? That word is "Come." One could delete from the Bible all other passages, and yet with those great passages which pronounce the "come" there would be a full gospel to preach."
2. It is the word "come" that Macartney called, "God's favorite word" that I want to draw your attention to in our text. In verse 35 we read, "He that cometh to me." In verse 37 we read, "All that the father giveth to me shall come to me," and also "him that cometh to me." Three times in these two verses we find the word "come."
3. In the context we find the Lord Jesus introducing Himself with one of the great "I am's" of the Gospel of John. In John 8:12 Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world." In John 10:7 He said, "I am the Door." In John 10:11 He said, "I am the Good Shepherd." In John 10:36 He said, "I am the Son of God." In John 11:25 He said, "I am the Resurrection and the Life." In John 14:6 He said, "I am ...
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