It’s Saturday and that means my mind is filled with what I’ll be speaking on tomorrow out of Colossians so just a few thoughts on John 6. By the way, this is one of the most jaw dropping chapters in the Bible. Incredible scene. Make it one of those chapters you come back to and chew on now and then.
A few thoughts on John 6:1-71
- (v.5-6). Jesus tests us. Chew on that for a while. How many times have I missed his tests or blew past them or ignored them or, worse, completely bombed them! Thank you Jesus for your testing, which is always for my good, and for you grace when I fail.
- (v.29). This is an amazing sentence. They just asked Jesus what work they had to do to be saved. And he said to them that the work of God is that they believe. Interesting that he says it is God’s work. Also interesting that our first instinct is to do something, not faith. We are justified by faith, not works. This was the great issue for Martin Luther in the Protestant Reformation—that we are not justified by doing anything, but by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
- (v.37-40). Blessed assurance.
- (v.60-71). Quite a scene. Jesus has feed five thousand with a few scraps and followed that up by walking on water and then he preaches a hard sermon and after this “…many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.” Wow. Selah.