What kind of relationship do we have with Jesus?
Jesus feeds the masses: - John 6, Mark 6, and Matthew 14
People begin to follow after Jesus.
He gave them something great and they began to follow, because of what they got out of their interaction with Him.
Jesus tells them the truth –
John 6:22-26 - On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered,[a] and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone— however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks— when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”
Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
More truth of Jesus:
Have you every prayed for something and got the response of, “You seek Me, not because of your love for me, but because of the love you have for yourself. Your ego, your pride, your vanity, your….
Have you ever prayed something repeatedly, almost religiously – or… religiously – hoping for a response. I read about a woman that fasted every Monday for months and months, praying for the salvation for her kids, who had not been saved at the time. One day she was sitting there praying and God told her “I don’t take deposits to that account”. In other words, we can’t put her kids salvation on layaway, expecting that He will just miracle her kids into salvation. She created a doctrine – a routine to buy their salvation. (These were her own words)
Jesus tests his followers:
John 6:56-67: He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.
Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”
When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 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 would betray Him. And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
Jesus came on Earth to live a sacrificial life.
Here is a time where he prophesied to His disciples:
Mark 9:31-32 - For He taught His disciples and said to them, “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day.” But they did not understand this saying, and were afraid to ask Him.
I believe a lot of non-Christians are afraid of this question as well. Afraid to ask God why did Jesus die for me? Or – maybe just think that Jesus just died for better people than me.
Jesus also came on Earth to tell us the truth.
Luke 9:23 -Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
Matthew 10:34-38 - “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
Has someone ever told you that they do not trust Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? Did you think that they would likely end up in hell in that current state of mind? Have you ever told someone that?
So, the question I would ask is – are each of us as individuals, as men of God, as Christ followers – picking up our cross daily?? Are we worthy of Jesus?
I’ve asked myself the question many times – am I being moved to help motivate or encourage others towards God’s purpose and plan or am I being defiant and hindering those in my area of influence.
We are either doing one or the other, with every action and ever word that we say.
Another question I ask myself is: Do I look to serve Jesus or do I want Jesus to serve me?
Matthew 20:16 - So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”
Mark 9:35 - And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
Matthew 7:13-14 - “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Last week, I told you guys about everything that I held deep inside and how I was looking for answers. I may never have done this exactly, but it is certainly the way I felt inside. Others experience this as well. Imagine the next person that comes to you with a question like, “What is forgiveness?”, “What is my purpose?”, “How can I get right with God?” – and on and on and on.
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If God gives you this opportunity, what would you say?
Topic to consider:
Army of God??
When I speak to people of other faiths, this scripture comes to mind.
John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Not a way – the way. Not a truth, but the truth. And He is the life – no other comes close.