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 6:43; 14:6)
It all sounds a bit circular, but Jesus is saying that our salvation begins and ends with the Father, and Jesus is the means to assist us in completing the journey. He shows us the way, the truth, and the life in returning us to the one who created each of us in the first place.
At the same time Jesus invites us to join in the effort of outreach by the Father and him to others. Looking back on my life I can see people who cooperated with Jesus in reaching out to me: my parents, a young priest who befriended me when I was a teenager, a church friend who kept inviting me to various spirit related events as we were raising our young family, and the Holy Spirit who broke through the distractions in my life to introduce me in a new way to the person of Jesus.
Whether we return to God, our creator depends not only on God’s grace, but also our choices to accept the means he has provided through Jesus and others.
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. 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 the chorus:
“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) “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) “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt. 4:19) “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!
How have you responded to Jesus’ invitations to the Father?