John 6 (ESV)
After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 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?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” . . . Continue Reading
In John chapter 6, Jesus continues to display His command over the physical world with more signs – changing water into wine, people being healed, multiplying bread and fish, walking on water – all validating that He was the Christ!
What jumped out at me today is John 6:19-21. My focus has always been that Jesus walked on water but verse 21 says, “and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.” This after rowing about 3-4 miles out to sea!
After some graphic language about eating His flesh and drinking His blood, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” and turned back and no longer walked with Him. Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”
I don’t know if “The Twelve” actually understood the symbolism of Jesus’ message about his flesh and blood but they knew He had the words of eternal life and they believed, and knew that He was the Holy One of God (John 6:68-69).
Another point of illumination to me today is from John 6:59 – “Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.”
He said these things in the synagogue? This wasn’t on the side of a mountain or in a boat. This was at church!!!
Imagine this on the “marque” in the front of the synagogue:
“Eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus for eternal life! Service starts at 10AM.”
I have to admit that I would have kept walking to another synagogue down the road.
Oh Lord Jesus, help me not turn from You when I don’t like what I’m hearing. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear so that I may know and follow You. Help me understand You so that I may walk with You according to Your Spirit and Your Truth. Amen.
Interesting that this “former invalid” used his new-found mobility for such a thing. Wonder what his motivation was?