DRAWN TO CHRIST
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
Jesus Christ is the One who introduces men and women to God. Those whom He ushers into the Father’s presence all have a loathing of their sin, a desire to be forgiven, and a longing to know God. Those attitudes are the work of God in drawing us to Christ. A response to the gospel message thus begins with a change in attitude toward sin and God.
Beyond that initial change in attitude is the transformation brought about in every believer at the instant of salvation.
Christ didn’t die just to pay the penalty for sin: He died to transform us. Deserted by most of His followers, Christ hung in darkness and agony on the cross, crying out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46). Those were moments that Jesus felt incredible rejection and hostility. Yet out of those very circumstances Christ triumphed by atoning for sin and providing a way for men and women to be introduced to God and transformed. It was a triumph He Himself would soon proclaim (1 Pet. 3:19–20)