John chapter 6
The significant verse in this chapter is verse 29 – “This is the work of God , that you believe in Him (Jesus)whom He (God) has sent.”
Doing things for God is much easier and appealing than believing in Jesus the Lord from heaven. Someone recently said to me ‘Just tell me what to do, to be Christian’
I observe in Toowoomba many people doing church. Others are busy doing good things. Others are busy helping the poor. But how many spend time alone with God (just like Jesus did) in worship and meditation, discovering who Jesus really is and adoring, honouring Him.
Many people sing self-orientated songs. Some pray for what they want. Bible studies usually teach how a Christian should live. The Lord Jesus had a different perspective. He said “ Work for the bread which brings eternal life which the Son of Man (Jesus) will give.”
The Apostle Paul understood this - “that I might know Him” ( Philippians 3)
The response of John was – “ we love Him because He first loved us” ( 1 John )
In John chapter 6 the teaching of Jesus is linked to the bread which came down to the Israelites via Moses. Jesus then insisted that He was the true bread which came down from heaven. The Jews did not like the claim that He had existed in heaven before He was born of Mary. To be a true Christian, this is what we must believe.
In John chapter 7, His teaching includes a new claim – that he was soon going to return to heaven. This mystified his hearers, but He repeated it several times. Even one of His followers was perplexed so asked – “ we know not where you are going, and how can we know the way?”
Jesus explained that He was going up to the Fathers house (heaven) and said
“I am the way, the truth and the life, no one come to the Father except by Me” (John 14,6)
We do well to take time to ponder - where did Jesus come from, and where is Jesus now?
Believing the Bible about this is so important and also liberating – to be truly free.
Take time to be alone with God today! and write down (Journal) what you learn from Him!