John 6:25-58: Finding Jesus
Monday, April 25, 2016
We wonder what it would be like to have a conversation with Jesus the man. We imagine what we might ask and what he might answer. Today we have the opportunity to explore just such a dialog when we look at the words of those who were intent on finding Jesus.
We can use the scripture link to read the people’s dialog with Jesus; and we can reflect on our own responses. Jesus’ words are taken from THE MESSAGE translation of the Bible. We follow the links to read the peoples’ words, and then we insert our own . . .
They were seeking Jesus and caught up with him to ask questions.
Jesus said: Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food . . . Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.
They said (verse 28) . . . and we say . . .
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 (verses 30-31) . . . and we doubt . . .
Jesus said: The real significance of that Scripture [of Moses feeding the people in the desert with manna] is not that Moses gave you bread from heaven but that my Father is right now offering you bread from heaven, the real bread. The Bread of God came down out of heaven and is giving life to the world.
They jumped at that (verse 34) . . . and we exclaim . . .
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.
They started arguing (verses 41-42) . . . and we also argue . . .
Jesus said: Don’t bicker among yourselves over me. You’re not in charge here.
They started fighting among themselves (verse 52) . . . and we dispute . . .
Then Jesus said . . . We discover how well we have found Jesus when we read verses 53-58 for his’ final words to those who question him, his words to us today.
Tomorrow, more complaint.