John Ch 6 V 16-42

16When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19When they had rowed three or three and a half miles,[b] they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

22The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. 23Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

25When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

28Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

29Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

30So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[c]

32Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34“Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”

35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

41At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

.  When we follow Jesus, there will be times of trouble, and when we hear God calling out to us, we may be afraid to answer. God tells us to not be afraid, because He is the God of the universe; God is always there for us, do not be afraid to pray to Him, talk to Him, and ask Him questions, for He will answer. The crowd that was trying to make Jesus king went on searching for Him. Jesus did not want to approach the crowd yet, because it was not yet time for Him to die for us. This crowd of people wanted to make Jesus their king, so that they may be able to overcome the Roman oppressors.

.  Another reason the people wanted Jesus king is because He was able to provide them with food and necessities. While God will always provide for His people, this is not the reason God sent Jesus. In verse 26, Jesus is telling the people they were believing in Him for the wrong reasons. God commands us to not work for food that spoils. Food that spoils would be anything of this earth, when we work for fame, to become rich, and work for the things of this world; these things are temporary, they only last the short time we stay on this earth, when we go to heaven none of these earthly spoils will be coming with us. Jesus tells the people that they should be striving for the gift of eternal life, something only the Son of Man would be able to give out. The Son of Man is Jesus, and all you have to do is believe in Him, and you will be saved.

.  Again, the people were very shallow. They again wanted their stomachs to have food, and asked Jesus what miraculous sign would Jesus perform to give them this bread. God says the bread of life that Jesus spoke of was Jesus Himself. Whoever believes in Jesus will never hunger or thirst for earthly desires. Jesus is there for us to accept. That is all we have to do to be saved, and yet many do not believe. Jesus declares that He was sent by God, from heaven, so that whoever believes in Jesus shall have eternal life. When some people begin to realize that Jesus does not promise earthly fame and comforts, they began to complain, and instead of seeing Jesus as the God He is, they begin to see Him as the son of Joseph and Mary; the people see Him as a man of this world. Today a lot of deceivers and churches will preach this, that Jesus was just a man, not God Himself. If Jesus was just a man, then everything the Bible prophecies will have been for nothing, we would not have a way to be saved, for all of us are sinners and do not deserve to go to heaven.

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