Works of Life (John 6:22~29)
22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.
23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.
25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, "Rabbi, when did you get here?"
26 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.
27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."
28 Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"
29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
Searching for Jesus (6:22–24)
The crowds have been keenly following Jesus after the miraculous feeding of the multitude. John spends some time detailing the ardent search for Jesus that takes the people all the way to Capernaum. Different people seek out Jesus for different reasons. Many people want Him to meet a felt need while other may like the idea of associating with a famous person. We need to examine our hearts to check that we do not follow Jesus for self-serving reasons. We must follow Him for who He is: the Lord who chose to dwell with sinners, who uniquely reveals the Father and saves those who repent and believe in Him.
- What motivates you to follow Jesus? How can you nurture your desire to know and love Jesus more?
Believe in Jesus (6:25–29)
When the people finally find Jesus on the other side of the lake, they ask Him how He got there. Jesus knows that they are looking for Him because of the bread and fish He supplied; perhaps they expect a repeat of yesterday’s experience. Jesus responds as He often does in John’s Gospel by directing their attention to deeper, spiritual truths. He exhorts them to work not for physical food but for food that lasts. He alone can give as One who is appointed and approved by the Father. The work that Jesus refers to is not an effort to earn salvation, but simply to believe in Him. Then, they will find far greater blessings than what comes from gifts that only bring temporary satisfaction.
- How would you describe the gift of eternal life to a non-believer? What blessing of eternal life have you already experienced?
A letter to God
Lord Jesus, You alone are the Giver of life. Only You can satisfy. Please teach me how to love and pursue You above everything else. In Your name I pray, amen.
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