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The Persevering Nature of the Heart of Christ January 25, 2021

Dear Westover,

The pastoral staff is reading a book about the heart of Jesus.  One of its chapters stresses the persevering nature of the heart of Christ.
 
When believers sin, we sometimes believe the lie: 
God must be so disappointed with us, we are no longer welcome ... or reluctantly welcome at best. 
 
As a result, we keep our distance, staying away from God.  Or, we assume we are destined to be second class Christians, settling for God's secondary plan.
 
But what does Christ's heart say?   
"Whoever comes to Me I never cast out." John 6: 37
 
As author Dane Ortlund pointed out:
The only thing required to enjoy such love is to come to Him.  We cannot present a reason for Christ to finally close off His heart to His own sheep.  No such reason exists.  Raise your objections.  None can threaten these invincible words: "Whoever comes to Me I will never cast out."
 
Some of you, like me, grew up with the King James version of this verse: "... I will in no wise cast out."
 
The author explained this was a 17th century English way of capturing the emphatic negative of the Greek.  Our text literally reads: "the one coming to me I will not-not-cast out." 
 
Sometimes, as here, Greek uses two negatives piled on top of each other for literacy forcefulness.  "I will certainly never, ever cast out."
 
Never, ever.
Not, not.
In no wise.
 
How wonderful!
 
That's the heart of Jesus:
"Come to Me.  I will embrace you into My deepest being and never let you go."
 
Never, ever,
Pastor Don