Daily D – John 6:14-15
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This truly is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Therefore, when Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
JOHN 6:14-15 (CSB)
Mark’s Gospel account bears an interesting feature. Take chapter six for example and notice the pattern throughout the other chapters. First, Jesus is misunderstood. Then events and conversations take place showing who Jesus really is.
In the first six verses of the chapter, Jesus returns to his hometown. At first, people are impressed. Then they are offended (verses 2 and 3). Jesus then says something everyone has heard one time or another: “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown, . . . .” (verse 4).
When people do not see Jesus for who he is, what happens? Verses 5 and 6 tell us:
More misunderstanding takes place as we come to the parallel passage to this one in John 6 where Jesus feeds the five thousand or more. In John 6:14, the people called Jesus “the Prophet who is to come into the world.” They were beginning to see something special about Jesus, but their vision still required correction to see him for all he is.
They saw him as The Prophet and a king. They did not yet see him as John wrote about him in John 1:1-18. Jesus withdrew from the crowd and went away alone to pray (Mark 6:46). Next in Mark and John’s accounts, Jesus walks on water (Mark 6:45-52; John 6: 16-21).
Mark says, “Then he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. They were completely astounded, because they had not understood about the loaves. Instead, their hearts were hardened,” (verses 51, 52). Miracle bread was not enough even for the disciples to completely understand who Jesus is.
A couple of thoughts:
- Jesus does not fully entrust himself to those who only halfway accept him for who he is.
- If you are still awakening to who Jesus is, grab some coffee and come to full alertness. Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is Living Water. He is God’s Son, the Messiah. He is our Savior. This is the truth all the signs point toward.
John said it this way in his preamble: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth,” (1:14).
Receive him for who he is. Welcome him into your heart. Know him better day by day. Enjoy his presence forever.
I will see Jesus for all of who he is.
Our Father, thank you for showing us what we need to see to know and experience you now and forever. Continue opening our eyes to your grace and truth. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.