John, The Love of God
Jesus. The Miracle Maker, Healer, Encourager, Storyteller. He is Truth expressed with unconditional Love. He came not to judge but to seek and to save the lost. Jesus. He is like no other “religious person” to the people who listened to Him and watched Him teach while He walked the earth.
In our next passage the party of five thousand, full from yesterday’s lunch and want more, pile into boats and go looking for Jesus. Jesus knows their hearts, minds and what is hidden in their souls. Because He is Truth, He speaks Truth to those looking for Him. “You came looking for me not because you saw God in my actions but because I fed you.”
Why do we look for Jesus today? Are we hoping to resolve a crisis, avoid one, or just be fed for a day? Again, Jesus is making sure his seekers are not just impressed by Him but truly believe in Him. Jesus is not “Santa” for a season, He is Savior and LORD to those who believe, love Him back and follow Him daily because of His love in us.
John 6, The Message
22-24 The next day the crowd that was left behind realized that there had been only one boat, and that Jesus had not gotten into it with his disciples. They had seen them go off without him. By now boats from Tiberias had pulled up near where they had eaten the bread blessed by the Master. So when the crowd realized he was gone and wasn’t coming back, they piled into the Tiberias boats and headed for Capernaum, looking for Jesus.
25 When they found him back across the sea, they said, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
26 Jesus answered, “You’ve come looking for me not because you saw God in my actions but because I fed you, filled your stomachs—and for free.
The Bread of Life
27 “Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.”
28 To that they said, “Well, what do we do then to get in on God’s works?”
29 Jesus said, “Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God’s works.”
30-31 They waffled: “Why don’t you give us a clue about who you are, just a hint of what’s going on? When we see what’s up, we’ll commit ourselves. Show us what you can do. Moses fed our ancestors with bread in the desert. It says so in the Scriptures: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
32-33 Jesus responded, “The real significance of that Scripture is not that Moses gave you bread from heaven but that my Father is right now offering you bread from heaven, the real bread. The Bread of God came down out of heaven and is giving life to the world.”
34 They jumped at that: “Master, give us this bread, now and forever!”
35-38 Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t really believe me. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.
39-40 “This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the Father be completed—not a single detail missed—and at the wrap-up of time I have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole. This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole at the completion of time.”
What do we learn?
–Jesus sees their motivations. When Truth was spoken, they waffled, “When we see what’s up, we’ll commit ourselves. Show us what you can do.” They not only “waffled”, they just wanted more waffles to dine on! (Sorry, had to be said.)
–When Jesus offered Himself as the Bread of Life, they still missed it. So, where are the waffles? Seems silly but many are still missing the point today.
–In a nutshell, says Jesus, “This is what my Father wants: than anyone who sees the Son and trusts who h is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter REAL life, ETERNAL life.”
Look for Jesus as you rise up this morning. See the Son!
Dear Heavenly Father,
You have us and you promised to never let us go. Thank you! Thank you for Your Holy Spirit who teaches us, convicts us, and causes us to think and evaluate our belief, faith, trust and behaviors. Continue to transform us to be and to do all that gives You glory, honor and praise.
In Jesus Name, Amen