Jesus Feels Rejection

JESUS FEELS REJECTION So Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"  Simon Peter answered him, "To whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life."  John 6:67-68 This passage highlights Peter's amazing confession of faith in the midst of vast unbelief.  This morning though, I wondered about what…

Limiting The Bread Jesus Offers

LIMITING THE BREAD JESUS OFFERS After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him.  So Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"  John 6:66-67 What caused the crowd following Jesus to turn away and leave?  Jesus words about eating His flesh and drinking His…

CAT BURGLAR

The other night, I was home alone.  My husband, Ron, was away on a business trip.  It was 10:00 and I was ready for bed, answering some mail before turning in for the night.  All of a sudden, a small explosion occurred against the front door of our home.  Our dog erupted with a vengeance. …

Dreams of Eloquence

Eloquence is a style of speaking or writing that is pleasing to the senses to the one listening or reading the words.  It has no aim, no goal, but consists of just gratuitous words. Is eloquence good or bad?  It depends on who it serves. A bad eloquence has entered the church and characterized the pulpit. …

The Well

There was a magic well and people traveled far and wide to visit it.  Legend goes that when you got near the well, you could hear the rushing water at the bottom of the cavern.  It was black, scary because of its rushing water sound.  But, when you 'took a drink' from it, it offered…

The Gift And The Giver

THE GIFT AND THE GIVER And for this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.  John 5:16 The men who made up the Jewish Sanhedrin (the religious ruling council of the Jews) took one of their jobs seriously.  They were to investigate any new teacher who came…

Where Can You Purchase It?

WHERE CAN YOU PURCHASE IT? Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Phillip, "Where shall we buy bread, so that these people may eat?"  John 6:5 Feeding 5,000 hungry people is no small thing.  Because it was in a wilderness, no one had a…

Wind Behind The Manna

WIND BEHIND THE MANNA "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but  what are they for so many?"  John 6:9 Jesus' plan has always been to use His people to do His work.  A boy provided the meal, simple and meager as it was. Jesus touched it and then…

Not Just One Bite

NOT JUST ONE BITE "Gather the pieces that are left over.  Let nothing be wasted."  John 6: 12 Jesus fed a crowd of 5,000 with one boy's lunch.  Each person ate until they were full though it would have been a miracle if each person had gotten just one bite.  In the past, when hearing…

Mis-judged Kingship

MIS-JUDGED KINGSHIP Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again into the hills by himself.  John.6: 15 After Jesus fed five thousand people, He was so extremely popular that the crowd wanted to hail Him as King.  But Jesus, knowing He had come to die and His Kingdom…