What I read today;
Hebrews 1; John 6; Jeremiah 6; Psalm 40; 1 Samuel 23; Exodus 25
Jesus had just fed 5000 people and walked on water. Yet in a few minutes of his next teaching, he would see a number of his followers walk away.
The people believed that he was to be installed as an earthly king. But Jesus wasn’t here to fix their worldly problems.
When he told them to stop looking for solid food or earthly solutions but instead look for pure spiritual food, they did not understand what he was talking about. They kept missing Jesus point.
Jesus wasn’t trying to fill their stomachs. He was trying to fill their soul. He was looking to fill the empty hole inside of each one of us. Jesus was seeking to give us a relationship with God himself that would last through every trouble and trial. He was giving us the knowledge that if we trusted in Jesus, our sins were forgiven. Jesus was telling them that it was God’s will that all people be saved.
But they couldn’t get past the temporal image of eating and drinking. So stuck in the land of the flesh that they missed the message of the spirit completely.
After the vast crowd dispersed, Jesus looked around at the few remaining disciples and asked, “What about you?”
Peter’s response is still sung in many churches each week. They are the words that we direct our response today:
John 6 vs. 68-69 – “Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”” NRSV