“It is the Spirit who gives life;
the flesh is no help at all.
The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”
Today, we will begin a series of post with John 6 as our key Scripture passage.
Let’s begin by looking at John 16:1, where we see the compassion of Jesus as He has miraculously heals the sick and then moves on to feed 5,000+ people with 5 small barley loaves and 2 small fish. Later He walks on water, delivering the disciples from a storm at sea.
These Scriptures very quickly reveal to us the great and awesome power of Jesus. Through these miracles Jesus is pointing the people and His disciples to who He really is, the Son of Man, the Messiah, God in the flesh, and the Savior of the world. But all they saw was a prophet like Moses, someone who could take care of their physical needs – someone who could feed them, heal them, and destroy the Roman government. Their focus is on the right now, on their immediate needs and concerns.
The same way some are today! They’re not looking for a relationship – not looking for anything intimate and personal, not looking for the face of God, just looking for the hand of God – a healing, a job, a car, their next meal. It’s all about their physical and material needs being met. So it was in the day of Jesus.
Jesus has and continues to perform great signs and wonders and this has so excited these people that verse 15 tells us Jesus knows they intend to come make Him king by force so He withdraws to a mountain by Himself.
Notice I said make him king, not declare Him as the Messiah, the Anointed One of God.
Note as well the spelling of ‘king’ with lower case letter rather than “King.” Because those who want God’s hand only and not His face truly are not looking for the King. There is a desire for the blessing of the Kingdom without really living in it.
Application: As you read this blog, did you find yourself in the crowed? Or giving God thanks that you personally and intimately know the Sovereign King of kings and Lord of lords as described in the verses below?
1 Timothy 6: 15, “…God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light,whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.”