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Believing in the One

Wednesday, January 4

“Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the  signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” (John 6:26)

At the beginning of the 6th chapter of John Jesus miraculously fed the 5,000+ people. This  miracle was followed by the story of Him walking on water and calming the storm. In the  following verses we read that Jesus and His followers were on the opposite shore of the lake  and the crowd He fed earlier wanted to know when He got there.

But Jesus knows the true motive of the crowd. He tells them they are not following Him out  of faith, but out of hunger for physical food. They don’t care how they were fed; they just  wanted food. He tells them not to work for food that spoils, but for the food that endures to  eternal life, which is the Son of Man. 

This is a hard teaching for most of them and they ask Jesus what they need to do the work  God requires of them. In verse 29 Jesus answered the crowd saying: “This is the only work  God wants from you: “Believe in the one He has sent.”

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of Life.” In this statement He taught them [and us] that  He is the source of our provision, of our salvation, and He is all we need.  

Verse 41 tells us that many of the Jews who were following Jesus began to grumble and many  turned away and stopped following Him.

When we hear these words of Jesus, do we grumble at the hard teaching and walk away? Or do we trust in Jesus and do the work God requires: “to believe in the one he [that is God] sent?

Prayer for the Day: Jesus, so often we grumble and mumble and accuse You of feeding us “hard teachings”  when we want free bread. Forgive us and help us believe in You we pray in Your holy name – Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord Jesus, You ask – “Who do you say that I am?” Lord, open my mind so I can understand who You are, and who I am in You.”

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