Archive for August 3rd, 2017

John 6

John 6 has Jesus beginning this chapter with a test.  He is in a remote area with thousands of people needing to eat.  “Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat”?  They are in the middle of nowhere, and Jesus knew there was no way they would be able to deal with the crowd.  They consider how much money they have, which was not enough, and how much food was available, also not enough.  Then Jesus does His thing the way only He could do it.  “Have the people sit down….So the men sat down, about five thousand in number”.

We aren’t talking a few hundred folks here.  There were five thousand men plus all the women and children who were there as well.  Jesus took what they had – some fish and bread – broke it and gave thanks and instructed the disciples to feed the people and gather up the extra.  “So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten”.  A miracle of unbelievable proportion.  Upwards of 15-20 thousand people in all likelihood, and Jesus feeds them all with a few loaves and fishes and has more left than when He started.

This sets the stage for Jesus to teach about what is to come.  “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst”.  It was a bit confusing to those in the crowd, and so Jesus goes on to try and explain the plan God has.  “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day”.  Jesus is the only way to eternal life.  There is no other path.  Of course, the religious leaders dispute it.  “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know”?

But that doesn’t change the truth of God’s plan for mankind’s redemption.  Jesus is the only way.  There is no other.  No plan B. “I am the living bread  that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh”.  Jesus reveals that He must die.  Some of His disciples can’t take that. In fact, He says “there are some of you who do not believe”.  Judas Iscariot was certainly one of those, but there were others.  “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him”.  Being a Christ Follower is no easy thing.  But it is the only way to find eternal life.

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