November 22, 2017
Read: John 6:22-40
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Scripture- John 6:26-27- Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”
Observations- Even though it wasn't His goal, Jesus never had a hard time gathering a crowd. People flocked to Jesus for all kinds of reasons, but one key reason was to get something from Him. Many people in the crowd sought a blessing without caring to receive the ultimate blessing. It wasn't, however, about receiving the benefits of being around Jesus; rather it was Jesus Himself and a life-giving relationship with Him that was the benefit worthy to be received.
Application- When we struggle to identify what we are grateful for, let's remember that the best thing we will ever have going for us is Jesus Christ, not His benefits, blessings, signs, and wonders, but simply Him. Some Thanksgivings it's hard to "count our blessings," because times are tough, but if like Job we were to "lose everything," we still have God's Son and our Savior walking with us through the valley of the shadow of death where we don't need to fear any evil.
Prayer- (by Richard Chichester- 1197-1253) Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits thou hast given me, for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day. Amen.
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." (John 6:35),