Sermon # 9
John 6:37 "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
How tenderly compassionate is the dear Friend of poor lost sinners! How anxious does He appear to remove every objection out of the way of the inquiring soul, that is made willing to be saved on Gospel terms, "by grace through faith" (Eph. 2:8). Lest such should be discouraged, how graciously does He describe their character and feelings, inviting them, with all the eloquence of God-like pity, to come unto Him! Hear His words, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28). Are you weary of the slavery of sin, and the bondage of Satan and the world? Are you heavy laden with guilt on your conscience, and fear in your heart? Behold, the loving Saviour stands with open arms to receive you; and these are the gracious words which proceed out of His mouth, "Come unto me, and I will give you rest." "He is faithful that hath promised" (Heb. 10:23), and cannot deceive you. "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips" (Psalm 89:34). Make the experiment; come to Him. He is able to save, and He is willing to save; wherefore should you doubt?
But you say, "I am a great sinner." Be it known unto you, that Jesus Christ is an Almighty Saviour. You say further, "I have continued long in open rebellion against Him; I have been many years sinning against Him with a high hand." Be it so, you are not out of reach of mercy, nor is your case too desperate for the skill and power of the great Physician. Do you still object, "I am a sinner of no common kind; of sinners I am chief." Even unto you is the word of this salvation sent. The blood of Jesus is the blood of God (Acts 20:28), and therefore "cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). The righteousness of Jesus Christ is the righteousness of God (Rom. 3:22), and therefore is sufficient to justify the most ungodly. Do not despair; for thus saith thy Saviour, the lover of thy poor lost soul, "him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37). He makes no exceptions: being "not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
But you say, "Must I not mend my heart and reform my life before I venture to approach Him?" If you wait till you have effected this in your own strength, you will, after all, die in your sins. This He must do for you; and this He will effectually do for you, when you come to His Cross, confessing your sins, and trusting in His blood as your atonement. You must come to Him just as you are, a poor, vile sinner, to be washed in His blood, to be clothed in His righteousness, sanctified by His Spirit, and fitted for His glory. Why do you object to receive what He is so ready to give; and that freely, "without money and without price" (Isa. 55:1), even pardon, holiness, and heaven? He professedly receiveth sinners (Luke 15:2), that He may save them; and has solemnly declared, "him that cometh to me," be the person who or what he may, "I will in no wise cast out."