As was seen in Part I, John 6 opens with Jesus addressing a congregation of about 20,000 people known as “Sheep without a shepherd.” Sadly, it ends with a pointed question directed to a congregation of only twelve, one of them being instrumental in His crucifixion.
The main point of John 6
Jesus emphatically says: “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who He has sent” (John 6:29).
Since the crowds disdain Jesus’ words He uses metaphors to arrest their attention which ultimately exacerbates their will to walk away from Him. Jesus’ listeners are like a camel with too much straw on his back.… Continue reading
Healthcare and welfare top the charts as attention grabbers. This is nothing new; two thousand years ago multitudes followed Jesus over sea and land, they even tried to force Him to be their king. Here’s why: He gave them free food, healed their diseases and gave them hope the day he fed 15,000 to 20,000 people in John 6 (woman and children included).
By chapter’s end, scores of false disciples walk away from Jesus, never to return. He’s left addressing a congregation of only “The Twelve,” wanting to know whether they’d like to go away also.
John 6 is a message of God’s gracious provision of food and medical care, yet ironically, it’s also a classic example of a lack of gratitude from people who only want “a Jesus” who gives them free stuff, minus His call to “believe in Him whom God sent” (John 6:29).… Continue reading
Psalm 118 reminds me of my youth pastor days. I’d never been river rafting and thought it would be a great opportunity to hang out with students on a father/son rafting trip in the Kern River. Our adventure began on a “less perilous” portion of the river, but we gradually made it to the “Tombstone and Sock ‘em Dog rapids.” (Good video if the sound is off). As our confidence increased it was time to “man-up” to “Thunder Run.” By day’s end our trusty guide was no longer available so I was “volunteered” to guide the raft through “Thunder Run,” Oorah!… Continue reading
Just this morning, another shooting left a TSA agent possibly dead with seven wounded at LAX. With the sound of those shots fired still ringing in our ears, we are reminded once again of an all too obvious reality: there is evil in the world. This poses a problem for those who cannot reconcile that a good God exists when evil simultaneously occurs. This is nothing new. The so called “problem of evil” has been the philosophical poster child used to reject God for centuries. The attack isn’t on the God of the Bible, but on a mischaracterization of the God of the Bible.… Continue reading
Current headlines, or lack thereof, seem to indicate that persecution of Christians is on the rise. In reality, believers have been paying a very high price for their faith for 2,000 years.
Some countries no longer allow the physical torture of Christians because this is “cruel and unusual punishment,” yet these same societies have no problem with denying tenure to a PhD who expresses doubt about whether evolution is scientific. Highly intelligent men and women are losing their jobs at an alarming rate.
A Two Star General in the United States Air Force is harshly disciplined for expressing his support for a former classmates, a Christian running for political office.… Continue reading