He Came to Do the Father’s Will

David Bast

Read: John 6:25-40

I have come down from heaven. (v. 38)

When we first meet someone we often ask, “Where are you from?” If you asked me that I would say I’m from Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you had asked Jesus you might have expected him to say, “Well, I was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth, but I’m now living in Capernaum.”

Listen to what Jesus actually says about where he’s from: “I have come down from heaven” (v. 38). Who in the world would talk like that? God would. Jesus, the divine Word, has existed with God and as God from all eternity (John 1:1). Jesus’ coming into the world was the result of a deliberate choice he made, to give up his divine position and prerogatives and become one of us (Phil. 2:5-11).

You and I didn’t choose to be born. We had no say in the matter; our coming was the decision of others. But Jesus chose to come into the world. And in choosing to come, he also chose to leave.

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When Thou camest to earth for me . . .

Why did he do it? Jesus didn’t come to do his own thing; he came to do the will of the one who sent him (v. 38). And what is the Father’s will? That we should never be lost, but have eternal life through faith in Jesus. “That life-saving manna,” Jesus says, “that was me. I am the bread that came from heaven, the bread of life.” —David Bast

As you pray, thank Jesus for choosing to come.