On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” John 6:60
Jesus had been talking to His disciples about Him being the bread of heaven. He had stated that they would need to eat His flesh and drink His blood. As Jesus was saying these things, some of the disciples started pointing out how this was a hard teaching. They could not see how anyone could accept it.
There are many people who will believe just about anything that is told to them. They will believe that they just won a million dollars and can claim it, if they just send in some money to cover the claim costs.
However, while some people can and will believe just about anything, not everyone will. When these people hear something, if it is too good to be true, they won’t believe it. If it is something that is too difficult or impossible, they won’t believe it.
Talking about eating flesh and drinking blood is something that is very difficult for most people to accept or understand. Yet, Jesus was not talking about physical eating and drinking, but a spiritual sense of eating and drinking.
Using eyes and ears of this world will cause a person to hear and see only the physical side of things, not the spiritual. Hearing and seeing physically will cause many things that God has to say very difficult to understand or accept.
God is spirit and works and speaks in the spiritual realm. Some of the words have to be seen that way, or one cannot accept them. Believers are expected to walk by faith, not by sight. They are to trust the teachings of Jesus and use His Holy Spirit to understand them correctly.
As you read the Bible you will come across teachings of Jesus that go against the main thoughts of people today. They are difficult to accept.
There will also be times when God asks something of you that is difficult to accept. It will go against the main thoughts of people today.
In either case, you must be willing to accept them. Seek God to help you understand and trust His words. The cross was very offensive, yet it was the very thing that brought you life.
Will you allow yourself to be offended at the words of Jesus and not believe?
Or will you accept His words?
I pray today that you will know the words of God for you; that God will help you understand His words; that you will be guided by His Holy Spirit in understanding; and that you will accept all of God’s word.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
The people were talking about believing the scriptures of God, the Old Testament. They were unwilling to believe in Jesus, even though Moses talked about Him, yet they were willing to follow Moses. Jesus then tells them that He is the bread of life and all need to come to Him to be satisfied.
All over the world there are people who are physically hungry and thirsty for real food and water. The reasons for not having enough food and water are different with different people. Some of the cases it is the result of the actions of other people. In some cases it is the cause of draught and famine in the land, natural causes.
There are many people who have more than enough food and water, but are still hungry and thirsty. They have a spiritual hunger and thirst. People want purpose and meaning in this life to feel fulfilled and satisfied. The majority of people seek things of this world to bring them this needed satisfaction. However, they can never get enough, they continue to hunger for more, never being satisfied.
The spiritual hunger that they are feeling can only be satisfied in Jesus. Believing in and following Jesus will give a person purpose in this life. With Jesus one will never have a spiritual hunger for something that does not satisfy. Believing in Jesus will give a person the desire to do the mission that God has for him in this world–to seek and save the lost.
Along with the food, they will also receive God’s Holy Spirit. They will be able to drink in His Spirit and be filled with strength, power, and a refreshing that allows them to keep going. They will be satisfied.
If you are going through life hungry for more in this life, seek Jesus. Take in His words. Then follow His mission in this world. As you fulfill the purpose God has for you in this life, you will be satisfied more than anything this world can offer.
God will fill every need you have as you follow and trust in Jesus. Do not allow yourself to continue to be hungry and thirsty. Believe in and trust Jesus with your life.
I pray today that you will believe in Jesus; that you will do the work God has for you; that you will find satisfaction and fulfillment in following Jesus; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.
In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17
Some of the leaders had came up to Jesus and accused Him of working on the Sabbath. Jesus just looked at them and told them that His Father, God, was always working and so was He.
Working is something most people do. They want a job so that they can work and earn a paycheck. Some people love to work and will work non-stop at their job because they want that large paycheck. Others will work just enough to meet the needs they have. There are also some that work at trying to get out of work. They do as little as possible.
Reality points out that there is always something to do. A person can work non-stop all the time, if he really wanted to do so. No matter how much a person gets done at his workplace, there is usually something else that can be done.
However, many people look at those extra things that could be done and state that it is not within their job description. They refuse to life a finger to do more than what is absolutely required of them. They want to relax and have fun.
God is always at work, because there is always something to do. His goal is to save every person in this world. That is a non-stop 24/7 job. Jesus was working in the same way while on this earth. He knew there was work to be done, so He did it.
Believers are to be just like Jesus and God the Father. They are work so every believer should be at work. As long as there is one person in this world who does not believe in Jesus, there is work to be done.
You may look around and not see work that needs to be done, but then you must stop and ask God to open your eyes to the needed work to be finished. There will always be someone who needs to know Jesus. There will always be someone who needs prayer or healing.
Time off comes when you step through the gates of heaven. Until then there is work to be done. Every day, all day, you must be working to build God’s kingdom.
Are you working today?
I pray today that you will see the work of God; that you will be working for God; that God will show you what needs to be done; and that you will find your rest in God and not in the ways of this world.