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YOU CAN BECOME A CHRISTIAN!

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached on Saturday Evening, January 29, 2005
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).


When you come to see me in my office after the sermon, some of you have a strange look on your face. One of the men in our church who is a prison chaplain noticed this last night. He said to me, "They have the same expression I saw on the face of a man condemned to two life-sentences, without possibility of parole. They have the same facial expression as that condemned murderer - who has no possibility of ever being free again. They look like they have given up all hope." I think he is right. I think that some of you have no hope of ever being saved. But you are wrong! You could be saved this very night! I know you don't believe me, but let me try to persuade you that it is true, for I sincerely believe that someone here can become a Christian this very night. Why do I think that?

I. First, because Jesus gave an open invitation for you
to come to Him and be saved.

He said,

"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).

In modern English it could be translated,

"Whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

Dr. J. Vernon McGee came from a strongly Calvinistic Presbyterian background, but he said that this verse goes beyond human understanding. Concerning election and free will, he said,

I don't know how to reconcile them, but both are true. The Father gives men to Christ, but men have to come [to Him]… you and I are down here, and we don't see into the machinery of heaven. I don't know how God runs…election, but I know that He has given to you and to me free will and we have to exercise it…So, my friend, you can argue about election all you want to, but you can come [to Him]. And if you come, He will not cast you out. Someone may ask, "You mean that if I'm not the elect I can still come?" My friend, if you come you will be the elect. How tremendous this is! (Thru the Bible, Thomas Nelson, 1983, volume IV, p. 405).

Don't think about whether you are elect or not. Don't give it a thought! Just come to Jesus.

"Whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).

II. Second, think of Bible examples, which show that Jesus never
cast out or drove away anyone who came to Him.

1.  A demon possessed man came to Him and was saved immediately.

"When he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him" (Mark 5:6).

And Jesus said to him, "Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and had compassion on thee" (Mark 5:19).

"Whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).

2.  A woman who was a sinner came to Him and was saved immediately.

The Pharisee said, "This man [Jesus], if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner" (Luke 7:39).

"And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven" (Luke 7:48).

"Whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).

3.  A blind man came to Him and was saved immediately.

"Blind Bartimaeus…sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me…And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus…and immediately he received his sight" (Mark 10:46, 47, 50, 52).

"Whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).

A demon possessed man, a woman that was a sinner, a blind man - all of them found out that it was true -

"Whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).

You may be very sinful - but you can come to Jesus and He will forgive your sins and save you. You may be confused by demons and Satan, but you can come to Jesus, and He will forgive your sins and save you. You may be blind and not able to see Him, like blind Bartimaeus, but you can come to Jesus, and He will forgive your sins and save you.

"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).

"Whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

III. Third, what if you are afraid?

Many people are afraid. They are filled with fear when I ask them to come to Jesus. One of the girls in our church was like that. Whenever I asked her to come to Jesus, she was afraid. She was afraid that she would make a mistake. She was afraid she would only say the words. She was afraid that she would fail again. She was full of all kinds of fears. But one night she came to Jesus anyway. And that night Jesus saved her. Immediately she was saved - the moment she came to Him.

Peter was afraid the night he saw Jesus walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus said, "Come" (Matthew 14:29).

"And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, Lord save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him…" (Matthew 14:29-31).

He was afraid, but he came to Jesus anyway, and Jesus saved him!

The Bible tells us that Cornelius "was afraid" (Acts 10:4). Shortly afterward he, too, came to Jesus and Jesus saved him.

Ask the girl in our church who was afraid, but came to Jesus anyway! You can come to Jesus even if you are afraid - like Peter did, like Cornelius did.

Just as I am, though tossed about
    With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
    Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
("Just As I Am" by Charlotte Elliott, 1789-1871).

What promise?

"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).

"Whoever comes to me I will never drive away."

(END OF SERMON)

Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:

"Just As I Am" (by Charlotte Elliott, 1789-1871).

THE OUTLINE OF

YOU CAN BECOME A CHRISTIAN!

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.


"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).

I.   First, because Jesus gave an open invitation for you to come
to Him and be saved, John 6:37.

II.  Second, think of Bible examples, which show that Jesus never
cast out or drove away anyone who came to Him,
Mark 5:6, 19; Luke 7:39, 48; Mark 10:46, 47, 50, 52.

III. Third, what if you are afraid? Matthew 14:29-31; Acts 10:4.

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