Daily Archives: August 25, 2008

Blogging Bible Study- John 6

Up to and including this chapter of John, Jesus has been revealing who HE is, and doing miracles; water to wine, healing a lame man, healing a child that was not even present, feeding five thousand with three loaves of bread and two fish (which tells me if you will give HIM all you have no matter how little – HE will do alot with it), walked on the stormy sea.  Then of course there is the woman at the well-talking to a Samartian women, and a town full of people responding postitively to HIM as the result, and a Jewish teacher in the middle of the night asking the way to Heaven…ahhhh and many things not recorded.  Which is bringing me to the verses that have been on my heart from this reading…

Throughout all of these many wonders, a great following began. Some who wanted to know more, some who were looking for a reason to get rid of HIM, and a few who were truly taken in by who HE is, and totally drawn to HIM.  Jesus explains that HE is the bread of life…Jewish leaders and teachers become upset with such a thing. 

59These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

60Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” 61But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? 62What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? 63“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 64“But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. 65And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

 66As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. 67So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” 68Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. 69“We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” 70Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?” 71Now He meant Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray Him.

I love Peter, he is vunerable, honest, and calls things as he sees it.  Jesus asked him, “do you want to leave me too?”  Peter’s answer, “Where would I go?”  Peter’s life was so changed by this time, and he knew in his heart that this is the son of God, and the words of eternal life are flowing from HIM. I am sure that it was difficult for Peter to understand as well what HE was saying. But that was still his answer. 

Personally, there are days that are hard to follow after HIM, and days when it seems so exhausting, like walking against the wind.  But I thought about Jesus looking at me and saying, “do you want to leave me too?”, and my answer would be the same as Peters “where would I go?”  The past is past, its gone, and the things I know in HIM today do not fit into that lifestyle.  Jesus has become my life, and what my decisions are based on…to walk away is impossible.  HE has shown me so much, and has taught me so much. Today living beyond myself (no matter how many do-overs I need) the only option is to press on, or stop, and moving on is all that makes sense to me. If you honestly taste and see that God is good…walking away isn’t an option…where would you go?

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Putting a bridal on the tongue is not only necessary but called for…wisdom is a result of fearing God…

I know ..what in the world am I talking about…go over to Debs and check it out..I am taking part in a two part post over there, and I am sure there will be lots of discussion, so if you are into that sort of thing, or just curious…get over there!

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