Morning fog rose up from the ground and swirled around the feet and legs of the gathered crowd.
“Rabbi, when did you get here?” -John 6:25
They were looking at him like a circus freak. Their excitement radiated around them like needle junkies looking for the next hit.
They had seen him walk through baskets of bread and meat broken from five loaves and two fish. They stuffed themselves as the buzz of new celebrity swarmed around them like drunk flies. They gawked and talked as they sprinkled their shirts with crumbs.
Jesus was their new drug.
They searched for him all morning until they finally found him.
Jesus answered, “You’ve come looking for me not because you saw God in my actions but because I fed you, filled your stomachs—and for free. -John 6:26
They were coming around for what they got out of it. Fat hungry flies forming a new addiction.
‘…what do we do then to get in on God’s works?” -John 6:28
There are no cheat codes for getting this. People want to know what they have to do because, although believing is the simplest instruction, it’s the hardest thing to do. They want a way to get by without giving in.
I’ve seen many people come and go. Collision victims stumble in to a Jesus experience until the guilt is gone and the new rubs off. The municipally prudent add the Jesus spice to their baking because that’s the proverbial cherry on top of a socially responsible life. Some trade the church life in for a damaged, dead-end life they can’t seem to escape otherwise. Jesus is not a band-aid, he’s not a decoration and he’s more than a lifestyle change.
There are those who have been abducted by an unmistakable overtaking of experience and witness that cannot be mistaken for anything other than the living God. They cannot deny it because the vision is forever seared into the pupils of their eyes. If I could paint you a picture, I would show you the sky. The stars in the Northern hemisphere, the sun setting across an endless ocean and the sun rising over the mountains try to tell you what no set of words can properly articulate.
Jesus said, “Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God’s works.”They waffled: “Why don’t you give us a clue about who you are, just a hint of what’s going on? When we see what’s up, we’ll commit ourselves. Show us what you can do. -John 6:29-30
‘Dance, Monkey. Then we’ll put money in your tin cup.’
All Jesus had to do was start talking ‘kingdom’ talk and not apologize for how it offends the natural senses. He says he’s the ‘Bread of Life’ and by consuming his flesh and drinking his blood, they would have eternal life.
A person will die if they don’t eat or drink. Jesus is saying he’s the source of life for the real life, the spirit life. ‘Eating and drinking’ are believing. You get eternal life by believing.
Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t really believe me. -John 6:35-36
For a man who spent his life walking from town to town to announce who he was and what he was doing, he never seemed to care what people thought of him. He never freaked out if people walked out while he taught. He didn’t even care if they ran off to spread the news that the Galilean lunatic was encouraging cannibalism.
Jesus didn’t care about what he looked or sounded like because what was supposed to happen would happen. It’s just a matter of time.
Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. -John 6:37
Jesus said, “Don’t bicker among yourselves over me. You’re not in charge here. The Father who sent me is in charge. He draws people to me—that’s the only way you’ll ever come. –John 6:43-44
Many among his disciples heard this and said, “This is tough teaching, too tough to swallow.” -John 6:60
“Does this throw you completely? What would happen if you saw the Son of Man ascending to where he came from? The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don’t make anything happen. Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-making. But some of you are resisting, refusing to have any part in this.” (Jesus knew from the start that some weren’t going to risk themselves with him. He knew also who would betray him.) He went on to say, “This is why I told you earlier that no one is capable of coming to me on his own. You get to me only as a gift from the Father.” -John 61-65
Jesus was not worried about losing a follower at intersections of contention. There is always that point and the sooner you get there, the better. He knew that the group would be sifted by the truth and he said as much. It came as no surprise or discouragement that several walked away.
After this a lot of his disciples left. They no longer wanted to be associated with him. -John 6:66
I think the scripture reference numbers are interesting. 666.
Jesus turned to his twelve and asked them if they wanted to leave, too. I love the way Peter answered him. I’m with Peter.
Peter replied, “Master, to whom would we go? -John 6:68
inspired by John 6