Episode 45 is live! We want and want often…but never Christ—but He is the bread! Why is Christ is good enough to follow, but not good enough to eat—To eat is to believe…they see Christ is good but not good enough to eat.
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Good Enough To Eat
*Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee (some call it Tiberias). A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread and, having given thanks, gave it to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish. All ate as much as they wanted.*
14 When the people saw the sign that Jesus had performed, they began to say, “Truly this is the prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Realizing they were about to come and make Him king by force, Jesus withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.
Regarding Jesus as a prophet is popular—people are gravitated to the work of the prophet Christ, the mighty words of the prophet Christ—but that is ultimately the extent of their engagement with Christ.
Exalting Jesus in an earthly way.—They were ready to make Jesus king, but king of their kingdom—Jesus is not interested in becoming part of our world or our kingdoms (John 18:36) but bringing us into His kingdom.
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world; if it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now, My kingdom is not of this realm.”
*The next day the crowd that was left behind realized that there had been only one boat, and that Jesus had not gotten into it with his disciples. They had seen them go off without him. When the crowd realized he was gone and wasn’t coming back, they piled into the Tiberias boats and headed for Capernaum, looking for Jesus. When they found him back across the sea, they said, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”*
26 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, it is not because you saw these signs that you are looking for Me, but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For God the Father has placed His seal of approval on Him.”
Were they really looking for Jesus?—We will find ourselves seeking Christ, but is He what we are really looking for? Do we think He’s holding what we are looking for?
Seeking God for your desire not His— They chased Christ for their desires, but their desires were not Christ…we pervert the faith when we think our desires are hidden in Christ.
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.
Seeking things that perish, not what is eternal—We look to an eternal God for perishable goods—that is far from the reason Christ lives and God reigns.
28 Then they inquired, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 29 Jesus replied, “This is the work of God: to believe in the One He has sent.” 30 So they asked Him, “What sign then will You perform, so that we may see it and believe You? What will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
The work of God is believing in Christ…the work of faith—they were working for bread that perish, believing in God is working for the bread of life. They sought God because they believed in the bread, not in Him.
They only wanted the Christ that performs—we miss the purpose of Christ when all we ask is “What will you do?” We want Him to make us believe in Him, but that’s not faith.
They thought their seeking was justified because of their father’s—but Jesus came to save them from their Father’s fate.
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, 24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven 25 Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full. 26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. 27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: 28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. 29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; 30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, 31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel. 32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works. 33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
32 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “give us this bread at all times.” 35 Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst. 36But as I told you, you have seen Me and still you do not believe.
Christ is bigger than your stomach—Jesus explained I am what can satiate a greater hunger. What are you hungry for?
Christ focus is on giving us the life not this life—Christ is not here for life, He is here to guide us through life to eternal life. We miss it by asking from Christ and not asking for Christ.
Hunger is “give us this bread at all times”—We want and want often…but never Christ—He is the bread! Christ frees the life ruled by want…never hunger again
Christ is good enough to follow, but not good enough to eat—To eat is to believe… they see Christ is good but not good enough to eat