Day 6

We’re on day 6 of this fun challenge. Make sure to let me know what your thoughts have been, and what the Lord has revealed. Now we’re getting into some of Jesus’ healings, which all have taken on new meaning to me than they had before they were sick.

Thoughts from John 5: 1) We don’t make a big deal about the pool at Bethesda but I don’t know why not. I guess it’s not as important as the rest of the Bible, but the footnotes in at least some versions say an angel stirred up the waters at a given time and whoever hopped in first was healed. What? For real. So, this was sort of normal back then. It gives a new insight on why some of the people were not totally impressed by the things He did, or maybe why some fell away when He mentioned they had to give up their lives for Him. Maybe they thought it would be easier to just wait by the water…2) The man who was healed had no idea who had healed him. I hope and pray that all of us who are healed know exactly who is responsible, whether or not He uses doctors or other people to get us there. 3) I never thought about God not judging us, that He gave all that responsibility to Jesus. I don’t have a big deep thought about it, just something to keep in my heart for another day.

Here is the new reading, John 6: Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> he had performed by healing the sick.  Then Jesus went up on a mountainside<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> and sat down with his disciples.  The Jewish Passover Festival<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> was near.
     When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
     Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
    Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”>
    Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
    When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
    After the people saw the sign<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”> Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”>  Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”> by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
    When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles,they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water;<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(N)”> and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
     The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(P)”> 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.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Q)”> Then some boats from Tiberias<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(R)”> landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 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.
      When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(T)”> when did you get here?”
     Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(U)”> not because you saw the signs<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(V)”> I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(W)”> to eternal life,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(X)”> which the Son of Man<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Y)”> will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Z)”> of approval.” Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AA)”> in the one he has sent.”
      So they asked him, “What sign<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AC)”> then will you give that we may see it and believe you?<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AD)”> What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AE)”> in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’   Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AG)”> and gives life to the world.”  “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”
      Then Jesus declared, “I am<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AI)”> the bread of life.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AJ)”> Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AK)”> in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AM)”> will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AN)”> not to do my will but to do the will<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AO)”> of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AQ)”>but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AS)”> and believes in him shall have eternal life,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AT)”> and I will raise them up at the last day.”
     At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”  They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AU)”> whose father and mother we know?<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AV)”> How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AW)”>
      “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AX)”> and I will raise them up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God’.
 Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God;<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AZ)”> only he has seen the Father. Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BA)”>  I am the bread of life.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BB)”>  Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BD)”> which anyone may eat and not die.  I am the living bread<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BE)”> that came down from heaven.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BF)”> Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BG)”>
       Then the Jews<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BH)”> began to argue sharply among themselves,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BI)”> “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”  Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BJ)”> of the Son of Man<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BK)”> and drink his blood,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BL)”> you have no life in you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BM)”> For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me <span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BO)”>and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.  This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. On hearing it, many of his disciples<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BQ)”> said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
      Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Man<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BT)”> ascend to where he was before!<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BU)”> The Spirit gives life;<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BV)”> the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BW)”> from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BX)”> He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”  From this time many of his disciples<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(BZ)”> turned back and no longer followed him.
      “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.  Simon Peter answered him,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(CB)”> “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
     Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(CE)”> the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(CF)”> (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(CG)”> who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)
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