Hot Fudge Sundae John 6:14-21 So when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’ So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone. Jesus showed His creative power (a sign of His Deity: "in the beginning God created...") by multiplying a few loathes and fishes to feed thousands. Verse 14 says as a result "when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, 'this is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.'" But they interpreted Jesus incorrectly. Fueled by their physical needs and their weariness of being ruled by the Romans, they wanted a national leader.
This is a Test John 6.1-14 “A large crowd followed Him because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick...Therefore, Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread so that these may eat?’ This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do.” Back in chapter 5, Jesus ripped the Pharisees and religious leaders a new one. He wasn’t subtle. He didn’t use allegories or parables. He was straightforward and blunt about who He is and how they are foolishly ignorant and willfully defiant against the Messiah’s claim as the Son of God.
Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places John 5:39-47 "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life...Do not think that I will accuse you before he Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words.” So close, yet so far The Pharisees were religious, pious, devout and studious students of scripture. These are qualities today that we would consider noble. Those who exhibit them are placed on a pedestal as spiritual leaders.
I’m going to wear this hat today to games 3 of the ALCS, Astros vs. Red Sox Let’s Be Clear John 5:18-46 “For this reason, therefore, the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God...'You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life...but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.'” I know that spending day after day in the book of John can seem tiresome to some of you. I understand. My posts are not always inspirational, whimsical and motivational. However, I go through entire Bible books to see the whole picture of God and not just the "inspirational" part of God. In this study of the gospel of John, we are using both our heart and mind to dwell upon all that Jesus is. We love who He is to us but also who He is in history and His monumental impact on the world. Do your best to hang with me as we seek Jesus and ALL that He is. As we approach this section of the gospel, Jesus is not subtle about His claims any longer. He has officially established His claim as God and the Jewish leaders don't just want to hold Him back or simply silence Him. They want Him dead.