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The Father’s Will

Scripture reading for November 2nd: John 6-8

After the miraculous feeding of the five thousand, Jesus drew a great number of followers.  They followed Him across the lake, and Jesus confronted them with their true motive:  they had eaten the bread and been filled. (John 6:26)  He warned them not to work for bread that spoils, but to seek the food that endures to eternal life, which only He could give them.  The miracle was a sign that God the Father had placed His approval on Jesus the Son.  This prompted them to ask Him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” (John 6:28-29)

Jesus spent a great deal of time telling His followers about the Father.  Jesus was the Son of God the Father, and knew Him well.  Part of Jesus mission was to reveal the Father to those made in His image.  The miracle of the bread and fish had impressed these followers and brought them the remembrance of the story of Moses and how bread was provided in the desert wilderness.  Jesus pointed out that it was not Moses who gave them bread, but His Father who gives the True Bread.  Jesus Christ, Himself, was this true bread that came out of heaven from the Father.  The True Bread gives life to the world.  These followers had a hard time grasping what Jesus was saying and asked for some of this bread again. “Jesus declared, “I am the Bread of Life.  He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.”” (John 6:35)

Jesus declared to them His Father’s will, “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:39-40) Our Father is merciful and draws all men to salvation through His Son.  He has provided true Bread and an eternal thirst quencher!  All we must do is believe on the One He has sent!  It is so simple, yet so profound!  Are you doing the work that provides the Bread of Life?


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