No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:44 is a scripture that could be confusing to many people. How is it possible that to get to Jesus Christ it is necessary that the Father draws him? So no one can reach Him on his or her own? These questions can bring profound theological discussions about whether the man seeks God or is God who seeks us and leads us to Christ. But certainly no biblical text is superfluous and the things of God cannot be taken to be mere human reasoning but looks with the eyes of faith.
In at least three scriptures it states that there is no one who seeks God. The apostle Paul says in Romans 3:11: There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. Paul referred to two passages from the Old Testament. The first is Psalm 14:2-3: The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one.
Something similar is written in Psalm 53:2-3: God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. Every one of them has turned aside; they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one. No one who seeks God because no one understands, all we have strayed and corrupted. Moreover, as no one does well, it is impossible to walk in search of God.
God is holy and holiness is incompatible with sin. Therefore, sinful humanity flees from God’s presence, instead of searching Him. Many deceive themselves pretending to seek God. The downside of all this is that the methods used by man to approach God are not effective. Neither religion nor philosophy or meditation focuses on inner search lead us to God. There is a large obstacle between humanity and divinity and that obstacle is called sin.
We cannot reach God on our own initiative; therefore, it is the same God who seeks us. The Lord tells us in John 16:8-11 how God works in us to give us the opportunity to reach Him: And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
Here is the mystery of God working for our salvation. The Holy Spirit gives us conviction of sin, He convinces us that we are evil beings away from God, who are unable ourselves to approach the holy God. Once humble ourselves before God, the Father draws us to the Son, Jesus Christ who took our place on the cross of Calvary and died for our sins. The Son redeems us, frees us, save us and raise us up at the last day.
God’s love for humanity is limitless. His greatest wish is our salvation. He does not want anyone to perish. So, before we continue pretending to look for missing the mark astray, God Himself pursues us through His Holy Spirit to convince us of our iniquity, so that the Father leads us to the foot of the cross and receive freedom. Hear His voice. God bless you.