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Who and What

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Reading: John 6: 1-21

Verse 2: “A great crowd of people followed Him because they saw the miraculous signs He had performed on the sick”.

The crowds came. They came not to hear Jesus preach but to be touched, to be healed by Jesus. Today we read, “A great crowd of people followed Him because they saw the miraculous signs He had performed on the sick”. They came in droves for the miracles. After briefly testing a few of the disciples, Jesus has the people sit down and then He proceeds to turn five loaves and two fish into enough to feed thousands. And almost as a witness to His power, the disciples collect twelve baskets full of leftover bread. Not only can Jesus heal the sick and injured, He can also produce food. It is no wonder that they wanted to make Jesus be their king. What a king He’d be!

But Jesus is not this kind of king, so He withdraws from them. Yes, the miracles are evidence of Jesus’ power, but the miracles themselves are not the essence of who and what Jesus is. He did not come to conquer an occupying army and to restore Israel to power. Jesus came to conquer our hearts, one person at a time, to build a new kingdom here on earth. It is a kingdom of love and compassion and mercy and grace. It is a much different kingdom than the politically oppressed were looking for. So Jesus withdrew.

This passage makes me wonder how often I try and make Jesus something He is not. How often do I try and fit Jesus into the mold I need at the time because it suits my needs or desires? One does not have to ponder very long to find examples where this has been the case. I suppose to fully know who and what Jesus is would require fuller surrender on my part. I would have to kill the miracle-seeking and accept who and what Jesus really was – love lived out in the world.

Jesus was love of God and love of other lived out on a daily basis. May this be my purpose too, day in and day out. Through His power and presence, may it be so.

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2 thoughts on “Who and What

  1. JESUS IS GODS ONLY SON, WHO , CAME HERE TO SAVE US BORN AS A MAN,
    SUFFER DIE, AND RAISE UP AGAIN JUST FOR US. HE LIVES ,
    BECAUSE OF HIS LOVE AND THAT HE IS POWERFUL , PEOPLE HAS USE HIS NAME TO MAKE MILLIONS AND EVEN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THEM SELF. THIS IS WERE THEY SIN,
    THEY SHOULD USE IT ALL TO HELP THE HOMLESS, THE SICK, THE POOR.
    GOD KNOWS , KNOWS WHERE THEIR HEARTS ARE.

    TAKE THE BIG BAD CITY OF CHICGO ILL, IF MANY BILLIONS, OR MILLIONAIRS PEOPLE ,
    TOOK SOME OF THEIR EARN MONEY THEY MADE ON THE WORD OF GOD, THEY COULD REBILD THE CITY WITH NEW LOW INCIME APT.
    NEW SCHOOLS ,
    THAT WOULD EVEN MAKE A LOT OF NEW JOBS FOR THE BLACKS PEOPLE. . GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING..

  2. PASTOR JOHN,
    THERE A 3 YEAR OLD BOY IN MY APT WHO NEEDS PRAYER, FOR SOME REASON HE WAS ABLE TO UNLOCK THE DOOR GET INTO THE HALL WAY OF 1ST FLOOR AND MAKE A HUGE MESS ,
    GOD WOKE ME AT 1AM , I WENT DOWN TO MOP AND TO MY SURPRISE WAS SCHOCK TO FIND THE MESS, I CLEAN IT UP THEN FOUND HIM DOWN THALL HALL, NOTHING ON BUT A PAIR OF PULL UPS AND A TEE,

    I HAD NO IDEA , WHAT TO DO AS I OPEN THE WOMEN DOOR AND YELL HER NAME AND NO ANSWER, I KNOW SHE TAKES PILLS AT BEDTIME. AND SHE CANT WAKE TILL MORNING, I TOLD HIM TO STAY IN HIS GRANDMA APT. THEN WENT ON CLEANING, ATPFTER I DONE THE LAUNDRY ROOM ON 3RD FLOOR, I HAD A GUT FEELING I BETTER GO BACK TO 1ST FLOOR TO CHECK ON HIM, HE WAS OUT AGAIN, HE PICKS UP THINGS FROM OTHER PEOPLE DOOR WAS, AND
    SURE KNOW WERE THE COOKIES ARE LOL, LOL .
    I TOOK HIM BACK TO HIS GRANDMAS APT.,

    WE WORRY ABOUT , HIS GRANDMA DONT HEAR HIM WHEN HE UP, SHE A HEAVY SMOKER, HE COULD SET FIRE TO OUR APT, OR EVEN GET OUT , THE SEX MARKET BIG DURING THE RALLYM
    YOU KNOW WHERE I LIVE. MANGERS OUT OF STATE , THE GRANDMA,, MUST HAVE HIM FOR SOME REASON , BUT FOR SURE , THE BOY RUNS HER HE NEEDS PRAY, AND IM FEEL SORRY FOR THE CHILD I HAVE NO GRANDCHILDREN. AND THIS CHILD NEEDS LOVE AND GUILDNESS,

    ????????? PLEASE FOR THE BOY WHO NOT GETTING WHAT HE NEEDS A FRIM HAND . WITH THAT LOVE.

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