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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