Many of the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel of John are eschatological in nature, that is, revealing to us what will happen at the end of time. Today’s passage from John is filled with Jesus’ promises about what will happen to those who believe in him.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.
Do we believe that there will be an end of days? Or do we just think that there will be an end to our days on earth? The scriptures are explicit on this point. There will be an end to time, at which point a new heavens and a new earth will be created, free from the corruption and decay of sin and death. Our choice in this life is to decide whether we give our life to Jesus or keep it for ourselves.
If we see the Son and believe in him, we will be raised on the last day.