How do we come to know God?
In John 6:43 Jesus says, “No one comes to me unless the Father draws him.” And then later he says, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
It all sounds a bit circular, but Jesus is saying that our salvation begins and ends with the Father, and Jesus is but the means to assist us in completing the journey. What a perfectly obedient son he is to the Father, showing us the way, the truth and the life in returning us to the one who created each of us in the first place.
Whether we return to God, our creator depends not only on God’s grace, but also on our choice to accept the means he has provided, mainly Jesus.
The Father is the alpha and the omega. Everything starts with him and everything ends with him. He is the source of our creation. He is the point from which we begin our journey of existence and life, and he is the intended destination of our journey. He created our inner being before our physical being was born. He gives us a life to live and a free will to choose whether our destination will involve returning to him for eternity or being separated from him for eternity.
Gospel singer Andre Crouch recorded a song many years ago with a chorus that reads:
“Jesus is the answer,
For the world today.
Above him there’s no other.
He’s the only way.”
Jesus says: “Learn from me.” (Mt. 11:29) “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:15) “Don’t be afraid.” (Mt. 17:7) “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Mt. 5:8) “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Mt. 4 :19) “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4, 5) “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23) “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt. 28: 20)
The Father is the source for all that exists, including we who are made in his image and likeness. Jesus is the way to the source, which is our intended destiny. So simple, but yet so profound!