John 6:52-59. With Jesus = Life. 

GIVE GOD TIME

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn… I don’t know why Jesus loves me…

A Word in your ear

John 6:52-59. W i t h   Jesus  = Life.  Without Jesus  = death.

This is a continuation of a conversation started by the Jews at v.28. 

V.52-53 Jesus’  answer flows from the remark by the Jews in v. 31, where they claimed Moses fed the people in the wilderness, quoting from Exodus 16.4 and Ps.78:24. 

That background is important to understand this passage here, because Jesus responded in kind. 

i).  Jesus corrected them by saying that it was God who fed the people and not Moses. 

ii). Then He pointed out that the bread that God provided back then only kept the people alive for a short time.

What God had done now through Jesus was to provide another type of bread from heaven v.51 that would enable those who trusted in Him, another type of bread that gave eternal life, to those who went on believing. Just as the Israelites had to feed daily on the Manna in the wilderness, so too, Jesus’ disciples must go on believing. 

Now, remember that Jesus once explained that He spoke in parables in order to ‘sift’ out those with a heart to understand. Here, the Jews could not understand for that reason. (v.52). The food Jesus speaks of is explained in John 4:34. It was spiritual, but the Pharisees didn’t get it. 

52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 

54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 

55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 

56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.

57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 

58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 

59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

(The Complete Jewish Bible.)

The notes from the previous message for John 6:41-51, ‘The Living Bread’, apply again to v. 53-58. You can review last week’s devotional…

—-Summary

V. 54 There is a promise that ‘seekers’ would be ‘finders’!

V. 55 Jesus knew He would be giving up His body to death for the good of all. 

V. 56 Then Jesus will live in those who accept Him, (via the Holy Spirit.)

V. 57 To have life, all we have to do is to accept the spiritual food from Jesus.

V. 58 So when the religious leaders asked for a sign, claiming Moses fed two million Israelites in the desert, Jesus simply replied saying He gives spiritual life for those that feed spiritually on Him. 

V. 59 All this was spoken in the synagogue in Capernaum. 

  • Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 6:51

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

  • Today’s Challenge

The challenge of the previous message applies to this one too… Did you action it?! 

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 6:41-51 The Living Bread 

Give God Time.

Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn

All Hail The Power of Jesus Name at this link…

A WORD IN YOUR EAR. 

John 6:41-51 The Living Bread 

41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 

42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 

As Jesus said in v. 36, they did not believe and now they are proving that to be true by saying: ‘How can He now say “I AM the bread from heaven”.’  

45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’

Jesus accepted the words of the prophets as coming from God. (In this case from Isaiah 54:13).

45b. Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 

True seekers after God are directed to Jesus.

46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.

The only person who has seen God is Jesus.

47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 

Trusting in Jesus is the secret to having eternal life. 

48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (Complete Jewish Bible).

—-Summary

The manna eaten in the desert kept their body alive for a short time, but the bread that Jesus is offering gives us life eternal. (Cf Jesus’ teaching on the Holy Spirit).

  • Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 6:51 

“…I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

  • Today’s Challenge

Jesus said in v. 51 “…Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world”.

Roman Catholic, ‘established’ churches and the Orthodox churches teach that this verse means that their religious leaders are so special that they can ring a bell and turn ordinary bread into the body of Christ, which will forgive sin when eaten. Although they do the same thing with the wine, Catholics add that when they turn wine into the blood of Jesus Christ, it is only available to their “priests”.

Listen, Luke 22:17-22 tells us that Judas ate the bread at the Last Supper which Jesus Himself blessed, and yet we are told that Judas will spend eternity in hell. He only left the upper room to betray Jesus AFTER he had eaten the bread. The bread blessed at the Last Supper by Jesus did not wash away Judas’ sins at all. Jesus was not speaking literally about the bread but metaphorically. If eating the bread had literally become the body of Christ when Jesus spoke those words, then Judas would be spending eternity in heaven! It was obviously a figure of speech. It doesn’t stop there, because bread at Mass or Eucharist still went moldy, and as you couldn’t have the bread which they had turned into the body of Christ, going moldy, they brought wafers in as a replacement, which were kept in a special box with a red light. Additionally, ‘lay people’ in the Catholic tradition were not special enough to drink the wine which they had converted into Jesus’ blood. That was considered so special only priests could have it.

But it still doesn’t stop there, either…

Once they started, they couldn’t stop. For example, the established church in England offers 1/3rd time off purgatory if you undertake a pilgrimage to St. Michaels Mount in Cornwall, and you can get a stamp in a special book to prove you’ve done your pilgrimage.

What’s more, if you were a South American Catholic attending a special Mass on the beach conducted by the Pope, a special indulgence was granted to forgive all your sin, which sounds like such a good deal, attendance at the Pope’s Mass was high!

When you start going off on these imaginary fancies, there’s almost no stopping where they’ll end up. It just goes to show the established church’s teaching on repentance and baptism is ridiculous.  What’s more, Hebrews tells us that Jesus’ sacrifice was ONCE only; (Hebrews7:27).

Some churches have spent 1600 years misleading hundreds of millions of people into believing that they have the ability to transform bread literally into Jesus’ body, and that by eating it, it will forgive sin.

The bread at the Last Supper didn’t reprieve Judas just because he ate it, even though Jesus said it was His body! By reading the Bible for ourselves, we would see all this. So my challenge to you is to read the Bible daily for yourselves and not to accept what religious teachers teach, unchallenged. As Tyndale said to a Bishop, “If God spares my life, ere many years I will cause a boy who drives a plough to know more of the scriptures than you do.” The church’s answer was to burn Tyndale at the stake for making Bibles available to the public. 

Even under the Anglicans, the Bible was seen as such a competitor by the religious leaders that John Bunyan was imprisoned for 12 years and died very shortly after his release, traveling to London.

Additionally, a clause was written into the constitution of the British and Foreign Bible Society, (now the Bible Society), that the Greek word ‘baptistheto’ (see Acts 2:38), would never be translated into English, in their approved versions, (as that would show that it meant ‘immersion’, and followed on after repentance, which would undermine their teaching on ‘christening’.)

Another example is, have you noticed that the Alpha course speaks of forgiveness in session 2, but not repentance? That lack of understanding was corrected by John Stott in Christianity Explored. However, I was present when Nicky Gumble forbade Baptists from adding a session to the Alpha course on Believer’s baptism – but he added that Alpha had been changed to accommodate the Catholic church. And, it was the shortcoming on obeying the Bible’s teaching on believer’s baptism by immersion, as taught in the gospels and Acts, which was also not corrected in Christianity Explored. Of course, they can’t, because it is an Anglican course and tradition comes before Acts 2:38;- but that doesn’t stop you from visiting a Baptist pastor to ask for Believer’s Baptism by immersion.

In these devotions, we provide the Bible reading as part of the devotional. The challenge is to read the Bible for yourself. Don’t rely on religious leaders to tell you what is in the Bible, but read the Bible daily for yourself. (A free Bible exists online at www.biblegateway.com

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Amen.

Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie Paul says ‘Pray for those in authority’. The news can focus your attention.) 
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 6:25-40 Put God first…

Give God Time.

  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn … And can it be that I should gain at this link … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQeIGbKqiw8

A Word in your ear. 

John 6:25-40 Put God first…

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, (teacher) when did you get here?” 

So eventually the paparazzi discovered Jesus had returned to the other side of the lake and cheekily asked how He had managed to circumnavigate their prying eyes as if they should have known about it! 

26 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Yes, indeed! I tell you, you’re not looking for me because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate the bread and had all you wanted!

Jesus put them in their place by replying that they were following Him for what they could get out and not what they could learn.

27 Don’t work for the food which passes away but for the food that stays on into eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For this is the one on whom God the Father has put his seal.”

Instead, they should seek spiritual food, which He had come to provide. (Cf Proverbs 3:6). 

28 So they said to him, “What should we do in order to perform the works of God?” 

So they changed gear and asked how to obey God!

29 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Here’s what the work of God is: to trust in the one he sent!”

So Jesus kept it simple and said what they didn’t want to hear. 

30 They said to him, “Nu, (ie ‘Come on, tell us already’), what miracle will you do for us, so that we may see it and trust you? What work can you perform? 31 Our fathers ate man (manna) in the desert — as it says in the Tanakh, (Scriptures), ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’

The Complete Jewish Bible shows that their reply was cheeky and not friendly, which is lost in western translations. (ie ‘Give us a sign to prove yourself’). V.31 comes from Exodus 16:4; (referenced in Neh. 9:15; Psalm 78:24,25.)

32 Yeshua (Jesus) said to them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you it wasn’t Moshe (Moses) who gave you the bread from heaven. But my Father is giving you the genuine bread from heaven; 33 for God’s bread is the one who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.”

Jesus corrected them immediately by saying that God and not Moses fed the people in the wilderness with bread and He is also the One who now sends spiritual bread from heaven in the form of a Person who gives eternal life-giving food. 

34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread from now on.” 

Now Jesus has their attention. Using the analogy which they started with, Jesus continues with this…

35 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “I am the bread which is life! Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever trusts in me will never be thirsty. 36 I told you that you have seen but still don’t trust.

37 Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will certainly not turn away.

38 For I have come down from heaven to do not my own will but the will of the One who sent me.

39 And this is the will of the One who sent me: that I should not lose any of all those he has given me but should raise them up on the Last Day.

40 Yes, this is the will of my Father: that all who see the Son and trust in him should have eternal life, and that I should raise them up on the Last Day.”

(Acknowledgments to the Complete Jewish Bible)

—-Summary

Those seeking God are directed to Jesus.

It is God’s will and God enabled for there to be a plan of salvation.

Jesus sets the example for us to follow of obeying God His Father. It is that which leads to life. 

  • Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? 

40 Yes, this is the will of my Father: that all who see the Son and trust in him should have eternal life, and that I should raise them up on the Last Day.” (Complete Jewish Bible)

  • Today’s Challenge John 6:38 

‘For I have come down from heaven to do not my own will, but the will of the One who sent me’.

Jesus set the example. Even He only did and said what His Father wanted to be said and done…

How closely do we follow that example?

  • Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.

Thy kingdom come. 

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation – but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever; Amen.

Suggestions for prayer

  1. The world. (ie As St. Paul said, ‘Pray for those in authority.’ Perhaps this week that should include Afghanistan.)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 6:16-27 Jesus walks on water.

Give God Time.

Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praising God with music from Handel’s Messiah, ‘The Hallelujah Chorus’ at this link; ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoqxYqTNKmU

A Word in your ear. 

John 6:16-27 Jesus walks water.

16 When evening came, his talmidim (disciples) went down to the lake, 17 got into a boat and set out across the lake toward K’far-Nachum (Capernaum)By now it was dark, Yeshua (Jesus) had not yet joined them, 18 and the sea was getting rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 They had rowed three or four miles when they saw Yeshua (Jesus) approaching the boat, walking on the lake! They were terrified; 20 but he said to them, “Stop being afraid, it is I AM.” * see notes. 

21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and instantly the boat reached the land they were heading for.

Because Jesus was walking on the water, they thought He was a ghost. After He spoke and was close by, they recognised Him. 

22 The next day, the crowd which had stayed on the other side of the lake noticed that there had been only one boat there, and that Yeshua had not entered the boat with his talmidim, (disciples) but that the talmidim (disciples) had been alone when they sailed off. 

23 Then other boats, from Tiberias, came ashore near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had made the b’rakhah (given thanks). 

B’rakhah is a blessing, giving thanks to God for food, acknowledging God as the source. What we might call ‘grace’. 

24 Accordingly, when the crowd saw that neither Yeshua nor his talmidim (disciples) were there, they themselves boarded the boats and made for K’far-Nachum (Capernaum) in search of Yeshua (Jesus).

Notes on 25-27 are in the next section… these verses are only included here as the passage overlaps.

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 

26 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Yes, indeed! I tell you, you’re not looking for me because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate the bread and had all you wanted! 

27 Don’t work for the food which passes away but for the food that stays on into eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For this is the one on whom God the Father has put his seal.”

(Complete Jewish Bible)

Summary

John chooses miracles pointing to who Jesus is. In this instance, controlling the weather. The Name God gave for Himself in the ‘Old Testament’ was “I AM”. That is the name Jesus uses here in the original text. 

*  v. 20 note… The original text is translated by Messianic Jewish Rabbi David Stern as;- “Stop being afraid. It is I AM”.  Many will immediately recognize that ‘I AM’ is a primary name for God. So we see that the original text gives a deeper meaning to Jesus’ statement than contemporary translations.

  • Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 6:20 

“Stop being afraid, it is I AM.” (Notice that the Jewish translation puts Jesus as saying; “… I AM”.) 

  • Today’s Challenge

The Disciples and Apostles revered Jesus for the Messiah who they now knew Him to be. There was no kind of “familiarity” or “matey-ness” that we often see in church. For example, music teams can often choose songs that draw attention to themselves, instead of helping others to worship. Matt Redman drew attention to this problem. He said that his song entitled  ‘The Heart Of Worship’ is his song of repentance for doing exactly that. (You might also know it by the name ‘I’m sorry for the thing I’ve made it…’) 

On the other hand, I once asked Graham Kendrick why his songs have longevity, like hymns. He replied that he writes hymns which are ‘congregationally friendly’.  When you are in church singing, look around to see if the men in the church can sing the songs chosen. With hymns, men usually can; but with contemporary choruses chosen by the music team, men usually can’t. That is a very common tell-tale sign as to whether songs have been chosen to help to lead others in worshipping God – or not!

Encourage what is good by all means… but also discourage misdirected singing that draws attention away from God, towards the singing team instead. This is a subject I am all too familiar with. 

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever; Amen.

Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’ Especially Christians in Afghanistan who will now suffer under a Sharia government.)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 6:1-15 Jesus feeds the 5,000 (plus women & children).

Give God Time.

Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn Praise, my soul the King of heaven… at this link…

A Word in your ear. 

John 6:1-15 Jesus feeds the 5,000 (plus women & children).

  1. Sometime later, Yeshua (Jesus) went over to the far side of Lake Kinneret , 

(that is, Lake Galilee / or even Lake Tiberias as renamed by Emperor Tiberias)

2 and a large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miracles he had performed on the sick. 3 Yeshua went up into the hills and sat down there with his talmidim (disciples)

4 Now the Judean festival of Pesach (Passover) was coming up; 

5 so when Yeshua (Jesus) looked up and saw that a large crowd was approaching, he said to Philip, “Where will we be able to buy bread, so that these people can eat?” 

The people had followed Jesus to the other side of the Lake and back and would have already been hungry. As the Passover week was approaching (and therefore a ‘High Sabbath’,) no food could be made or sold, as that involved work. So, Jesus decided to feed them – out of necessity. (Cf the water into wine – considered by the host to be the best of all the wine – so imagine the taste of bread and fish made by Jesus here!)

6 (Now Yeshua [Jesus] said this to test Philip, for Yeshua [Jesus] himself knew what he was about to do.) 7 Philip answered, “Half a year’s wages wouldn’t buy enough bread for them — each one would get only a bite!” 

8 One of the talmidim, (disciples) Andrew the brother of Shim‘on Kefa, (Simon Peter) said to him, 9 “There’s a young fellow here who has five loaves of barley bread and two fish. But how far will they go among so many?”

10 Yeshua said, “Have the people sit down.” There was a lot of grass there, so they sat down. The number of men was about five thousand. 

So that’s 5,000 men plus their wives and children…

11 Then Yeshua took the loaves of bread, and, after making a b’rakhah, (giving thanks), gave to all who were sitting there, and likewise with the fish, as much as they wanted.

Jesus wanted someone somewhere to have enough faith to trust Him – on which to build – and in this case, it was the faith of a child – with the packed lunch which his mum had made for him.

12 After they had eaten their fill, he told his talmidim, (disciples) “Gather the leftover pieces, so that nothing gets wasted.” 

Waste not want not – the poor would have benefited from the left-overs 

13 They gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.

Result? – The world’s first “food bank” for the poor.

14 When the people saw the miracle he had performed, they said, “This has to be ‘the prophet’ who is supposed to come into the world.”

The people were more spiritually aware than the religious leaders – the paid professionals! 

15 Yeshua (Jesus) knew that they were on the point of coming and seizing him, in order to make him king; so he went back to the hills again. This time he went by himself. (Complete Jewish Bible.)

—-Summary

Notice Jesus turned down the wishes of the people to anoint Him, King. 

The irony was of course that in reality, He actually was King by bloodline through Mary, (Luke 3), by legal right through Joseph (Matthew 1), and by Divine right – just because of who He really was, (John 1). But being King was not why He came to earth the first time. He had a job to do first, on His first coming.  His right and authority to rule and judge would come afterward ‘Plan A’ was put into effect.

Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus?  John 6:14 

When the people saw the miracle he had performed, they said, “This has to be ‘the prophet’ who is supposed to come into the world.”

Today’s Challenge

The common people wanted to make Jesus King by force! (v.15). They had more common sense than the professional religious leaders, who wanted to kill Him.

But King Jesus came the first time to be the suffering servant so that when He comes as the rightful King to judge, some might be saved. See Acts 2:38… Will you be among them?

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, 

thy will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, 

as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, 

and the power, and the glory, 

forever; Amen.

Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 5:31-47 Testimonials regarding Jesus’ identity…

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn –

‘May the Mind of Christ My Saviour’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE5fOXSymBc 

A Word in your ear

John 5:31-47 Testimonials regarding Jesus’ identity…

31 “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not valid. 

By law, claims had to be supported by 2 or 3 witnesses.

A). The testimony of John:- noted by Jesus only so that some might believe and be saved – not because He needed John’s testimonial. (See John 3:22-36).

32 But there is someone else testifying on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he is making is valid — 33 you have sent to Yochanan, (John), and he has testified to the truth. 34 Not that I collect human testimony; rather, I say these things so that you might be saved. 35 He was a lamp burning and shining, and for a little while, you were willing to bask in his light.

B). The testimony of the signs and wonders of the miracles…

36 “But I have a testimony that is greater than Yochanan’s (John’s). For the things the Father has given me to do, the very things I am doing now, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.

C). The testimony of His Father, God.

37 “In addition, the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice or seen his shape; 38 moreover, his word does not stay in you, because you don’t trust the one he sent. 39 You keep examining the Tanakh (Scriptures) because you think that in it you have eternal life. Those very Scriptures bear witness to me, 40 but you won’t come to me in order to have life!

Point C ctd.) God affirmed Jesus publicly at His baptism…

41 “I don’t collect praise from men, 42 but I do know you people — I know that you have no love for God in you! 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you don’t accept me; if someone else comes in his own name, him you will accept. 

44 How can you trust? You’re busy collecting praise from each other, instead of seeking praise from God only.

D). Lastly, the testimony of Moses, (their own mentor,) will one day accuse them.

45 “But don’t think that it is I who will be your accuser before the Father. 

Do you know who will accuse you?

Moshe, (Moses) …the very one you have counted on! 

46 For if you really believed Moshe, (Moses) you would believe me; because it was about me that he wrote. 

47 But if you don’t believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” (Acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible).

—-Summary

They believed the Word of God to point them to the Person who they must put their trust in as the Messiah.

When they do find someone, Jesus’ accusers only accept one of their own from the world. Because they are worldly, they belong to the world.  They don’t seek after God at all.

  • Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 5:37 

“… the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf…”

  • Today’s Challenge

Even King David in the ‘Old Testament’ testified to the Son of God, (Psalm 2:7 & 12), without the benefit of hindsight which we have!

When was the last time you testified to the Son of God?

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4O_8DBj99s

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 5:16-30 The Authority of the Son 

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying Psalm 23 sung by Cliff Richard at this link… 

A Word in your ear

John 5:15-30 The Authority of the Son 

John 5: 15 The man went off and told the Judeans it was Yeshua who had healed him; 16 and on account of this, the Judeans began harassing Yeshua because he did these things on Shabbat (Sabbath). 17 But he answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I too am working.”

Continuing where we left off, remember Jesus had just healed a man on the Sabbath…

Jesus could only have healed the man with God’s approval, so that answer made the leaders even angrier, as Jesus was showing them up. 

What’s more, Deuteronomy 22:4 & Exodus 23:4 allows for aid to be given to those in distress, including animals. 

18 This answer made the Judeans all the more intent on killing him — not only was he breaking Shabbat (Sabbath); but also, by saying that God was his own Father, he was claiming equality with God.

Jesus wasn’t breaking the law of Moses – only the religious leaders own Talmudic text. (Cf. today ‘Sabbath lifts’ in hotels.

Paul says in Galatians 4:10 & Col. 2:16. 

19 Therefore, Yeshua (Jesus) said this to them: “Yes, indeed! I tell you that the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; whatever the Father does, the Son does too. 

Jesus can only do what He does by walking in step with the Father, who works through Him. So these judges are criticizing God the Father. 

20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does; and he will show him even greater things than these, so that you will be amazed. 

‘You ain’t seen nothing yet!’ 

21 Just as the Father raises the dead and makes them alive, so too the Son makes alive anyone he wants. 

Father & Son will raise beings from the dead.

22 The Father does not judge anyone but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all may honor the Son as they honor the Father. Whoever fails to honor the Son is not honoring the Father who sent him. 

It is the Son who will be the judge. 

24 Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever hears what I am saying and trusts the One who sent me has eternal life — that is, he will not come up for judgment but has already crossed over from death to life! 

It is by going on believing in Jesus that we will be saved.

25 Yes, indeed! I tell you that there is coming a time — in fact, it’s already here — when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who listen will come to life. 

A time is coming when the souls of the dead will hear Jesus’ voice and be given physical life again – for the judgment.

26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has given the Son life to have in himself. 

The Son also has inherent life in Himself -just like the Father. 

27 Also he has given him authority to execute judgment because he is the Son of Man. 

It is God who gave the Son the right to judge. He became man and qualified to be the judge. 

28 Don’t be surprised at this; because the time is coming when all who are in the grave will hear his voice 29 and come out — those who have done good to a resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to a resurrection of judgment. 

The ‘good’ to eternal life, and the unclean to judgment. (The Biblical definition of ‘good’ being ‘righteous’. We only become ‘good’ when washed in the blood of the Lamb/Ram, and God imparts to us His righteousness.

30 I can’t do a thing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is right; because I don’t seek my own desire, but the desire of the one who sent me. (Complete Jewish Bible).

—-Summary

Jesus was Divine but still only did and said what His Father in heaven wanted. He is the example we must follow – which God provides the Holy Spirit for. The miracles Jesus did proved God was with Him. The religious leaders were jealous of the following Jesus had. They were not like John the Baptist who pointed people to the Messiah…

  • Today’s Verse…

Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? John 5:21

Just as the Father raises the dead and makes them alive, so too the Son makes alive anyone he wants. 

  • Today’s Challenge – Study!

1 Peter 3:19-20. Jesus spent the time He was buried, in the place of departed spirits, preaching! (And some listened-Matthew 27:52).

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. Trumpets announce Jesus’ coming when we are raptured to meet Him in the air…

Romans 8:11-13. God at work…

Revelation 20:4-5 The millennium.

Revelation 20: 12-15. The judgment.

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Other prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 5:1-15 A healing on the Sabbath…

Give God Time.

  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying the hymn Great is thy faithfulness… at this link… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTKIqmdfHSk.

A Word in your ear. 

John 5:1-15 A healing on the Sabbath… 

SCENE ONE:- The Healing at the Pool. (The 3rd ‘Godlike’ miracle.)

John 5:1 After this, there was a Judean festival; and Yeshua (Jesus) went up to Yerushalayim. 

The time came for the next religious festival in the Jewish calendar – so Jesus returned to Jerusalem, as He was an observant Jew. He had just returned from the Passover mentioned in John 2:13 and this was the next in line – which is the Feast of Weeks – celebrating the giving of the law on Mt Sinaii, which in the western calendar (sun calendar) falls halfway between May and mid-June. (The difference is because Jews use a moon calendar.)

2 In Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), by the Sheep Gate, is a pool called in Aramaic, Beit-Zata, (Bethsaida) 3 in which lay a crowd of invalids — blind, lame, crippled. 4 (* see below.)

* John 5:4 Some manuscripts add verses 3b–4 not included in the original. 

3b “. . . , waiting for the water to move; 4 for at certain times an angel of Adonai went down into the pool and disturbed the water, and whoever stepped into the water first after it was disturbed was healed of whatever disease he had.”

This pool was surrounded by five columns and a roof, called Solomons Colonnade. 

5 One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 Yeshua (Jesus), seeing this man and knowing that he had been there a long time, said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 

7 The sick man answered, “I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is disturbed; and while I’m trying to get there, someone goes in ahead of me.” 

8 Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!”

9 Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and walked.

The invalid in this story had been there 38 years. Jesus felt compassion for a man whose life had been wasted sitting crippled and begging. Being crippled meant they could rely on public donations and hence the question in v.6. At first, the man thought Jesus was offering to help him into the pool. Jesus simply says, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!” Simple as that! This was the third ‘God-like’ miracle John witnessed. 

   b.) SCENE TWO:- Healing on the Sabbath…

Now that day was Shabbat (Sabbath), 10 so the Judeans (Jerusalem Jews) said to the man who had been healed, “It’s Shabbat! (Sabbath!) It’s against Torah (law) for you to carry your mat!” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me — he’s the one who told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” 

12 They asked him, “Who is the man who told you to pick it up and walk?” 

13 But the man who had been healed didn’t know who it was, because Yeshua (Jesus) had slipped away into the crowd.

No sight of ‘high fives’ from these religious leaders! Their man-made rules (the ‘Hadith’), had been broken in order to help a man. These leaders recognised the man but had never helped him, v.7. All they could say was, ‘Who said you could carry your mat on the Sabbath?’ 

14 Afterwards Yeshua (Jesus) found him in the Temple court and said to him, “See, you are well! Now stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you!” 

The man was at the temple – which a law required of any who had been healed, to give thanks to God and for the healing to recognized by the priests as a miracle of God. Note that Jesus was again at the temple, and saw the man, and told him to stop sinning before something worse happens to him, (hell). (NB Jesus said the same thing to the woman caught in adultery.) 

15 The man went off and told the Judeans (Jerusalem Jews)  it was Yeshua (Jesus) who had healed him; 16 and on account of this, the Judeans (Jerusalem Jews) began harassing Yeshua (Jesus) because he did these things on Shabbat (Sabbath).

(With acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible.)

Today’s Challenge

Note the control the religious leaders had over people… The man in this story feared the religious leaders so much, he went and told them that it was Jesus who told him to pick up his bed and go home. (The religious leaders followed the ‘Hadiths’ which are the teachings of other religious leaders.) The man feared the religious men more than God even though it was Jesus who had just healed him, and not the religious men. Jesus said, ‘Whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.’ Matthew 10:30. 

Are you like this man who feared religious leaders more than God?

What do you do to ensure you obey God rather than men?

It is crucial to read the Bible for ourselves to see what God wants. God provided the Bible for that purpose. Then don’t let others detract you from God’s will.

Memory verse. John 5:8-9 Who is Jesus?

John 5:8-9 Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!” 9 Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and walked.

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 4:43-54 Jesus heals from a distance;- (His 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle.)

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymnO for a thousand tongues to sing…

A Word in your ear

John 4:43-54 Jesus heals from a distance:-

(His 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle).

43 After the two days, he went on from there toward the Galil (Galilee). 

Jesus had just spent two days in Samaria, where He had found far more faith than existed amongst the Jews – who themselves rejected the Samaritans. 

44 Now Yeshua (Jesus) himself said, “A prophet is not respected in his own country.” 

Jesus coined the phrase here, “A prophet is not respected in his own country.” 

45 But when he arrived in the Galil (Galilee), the people there welcomed him, because they had seen all he had done at the festival in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem); since they had been there too.

Note the huge difference in welcome between the Jews in Jerusalem and those in the northern part of Israel, in Galilee. (Cf. John 2:12-25).

46 He went again to Kanah (Cana) in the Galil (Galilee), where he had turned the water into wine. 

An officer in the royal service was there; his son was ill in K’far-Nachum (Capernaum). 47 This man, on hearing that Yeshua (Jesus) had come from Y’hudah (Judah) to the Galil (Galilee), went and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Unless you people see signs and miracles, you simply will not trust!” 

Jesus tested the man, to see his motives. 

49 The officer said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 

The man was in earnest, and continued to beg for help.

50 Yeshua (Jesus) replied, “You may go, your son is alive.” The man believed what Yeshua (Jesus) said and left. 

God always hears a cry for mercy. In this instance, Jesus healed the son remotely. 

51 As he was going down, his servants met him with the news that his son was alive. 52 So he asked them at what time he had gotten better; and they said, “The fever left him yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon.” 53 The father knew that that was the very hour when Yeshua (Jesus) had told him, “Your son is alive”; and he and all his household trusted. 

The end result? ‘All his household trusted’.

54 This was a second sign that Yeshua did; he did it after he had come from Y’hudah (Judah) into the Galil (Galilee).

This was the 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle which John witnessed Jesus doing. (John 2:1-11 – the water into wine being the first.)

—-Summary

This was the 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle which John witnessed Jesus doing. (John 2:1-11 – the water into wine being the first.)

  • Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? John 4: 44; Now Yeshua (Jesus) himself said, “A prophet is not respected in his own country.” 

Today’s Challenge

A Roman official believed that Jesus could heal his son even from far away. Jesus was touched by the faith of a man who was not even a Jew… He healed the son because of his faith.  Do you have the faith in Jesus that this Gentile army officer had? 

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)

2, The ‘suffering church.’https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates

3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 4:27-42 The Samaritan Woman (part 3) Gossiping the Gospel.

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn 

Alleluia! He is coming!

A Word in your ear

John 4:27-42 The Samaritan Woman (part 3) Gossiping the Gospel.

27 Just then, his talmidim (disciples) arrived. They had returned from a trip into town to buy food. They were amazed that he was talking with a woman; but none of them said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you talking with her?”  

Jewish religious leaders had forbidden Jews to talk to Samaritans.  It was also the culture that men didn’t speak to women who were strangers.

28 So the woman left her water-jar, went back to the town and said to the people there, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I’ve ever done. Could it be that this is the Messiah?” 

30 They left the town and began coming toward him.

The Samaritan woman puts us to shame…she immediately ‘gossiped the Gospel.’ She was in such a hurry to tell her town about Jesus, she left her water jar behind!

31 Meanwhile, the talmidim (disciples) were urging Yeshua (Jesus), “Rabbi, eat something.” 

32 But he answered, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” 

33 At this, the talmidim (disciples) asked one another, “Could someone have brought him food?” 

They had gone off to get food and Jesus didn’t even want it! 

34 Yeshua said to them, “My food is to do what the one who sent me wants and to bring his work to completion. 

35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest’? Well, what I say to you is: open your eyes and look at the fields! They’re already ripe for harvest! 

Souls are the crop and they are ready and waiting to be brought into the kingdom, just like wheat or barley is harvested into a barn. 

36 The one who reaps receives his wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the reaper and the sower may be glad together — 

Those who are truly God’s workers will be rewarded in heaven. 

37 for in this matter, the proverb, ‘One sows and another reaps,’ holds true. 38 I sent you to reap what you haven’t worked for. Others have done the hard labor, and you have benefited from their work.”

39 Many people from that town in Shomron (Samaria) put their trust in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all the things I did.” 

40 So when these people from Shomron (Samaria) came to him, they asked him to stay with them. He stayed two days, 41 and many more came to trust because of what he said. 

Jesus stayed in Samaria for 2 days which was the religious leaders had put out of bounds for Jews. If you didn’t obey them, they could trespass you from the temple. 

42 They said to the woman, “We no longer trust because of what you said, because we have heard for ourselves. We know indeed that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

—Summary:- Her personal testimony resulted in a BIG HARVEST! (Compare v. 37-38 with 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 KJV. Paul said ‘I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth, but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour’.)

  • Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? 

John 4:42 They said to the woman, “We no longer trust because of what you said, because we have heard for ourselves. We know indeed that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

  • Today’s Challenge

The Samaritan lady had only just met Jesus and become an evangelist the same afternoon! What’s our excuse? 

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. 

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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