Friday – February 19, 2016
Day 10 – John 6:1-21
Focus: vs. 14
14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
One of my brothers dates his conversion experience from his reaction to a thunderstorm. He tells me that during this storm while we were out gathering in the milk cows to bring them in for evening milking he was near the barbed wire fence between the day pasture and the night pasture. He placed his hand on the wire at just the moment when lightning apparently struck at or near the fence somewhere at a distance from him. The resulting shock was strong enough to scare him and he must have thought he was going to die. He was conscious enough at that moment to call out to Jesus to save him. He never looked back after that. I suppose, if that is what it takes then so be it. I believe each of us has something unique about our experience of salvation and even about how we came to accept that Jesus is Who He says He is.
We have two great biblical stories in our scripture for today that point out that Jesus is really part of the Godhead, the Three-in-One. The first is the tremendous miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand with just two small fish and five small loaves of bread. The second one is the fascinating story of Jesus walking on the water. This is fleshed out more for us by the other gospels.
Our verse of special attention today is the fourteenth one. 14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” For the Jews this was a clear case of Jesus being the Messiah (great Prophet) who was to come. Matthew Henry points out a bit more about this. He evidently was struck by the fact that even though these people clearly accepted Him as the Messiah they still didn’t accept His doctrine. This is shone in that they did not stand by him when the ruling authorities took the stance of going against Jesus. The real point here for today is that these people recognized this miracle as proof of Who Jesus really was. They knew that what they were fed did not come from them. This was NOT a Potluck Dinner. It was very evident among all of those in attendance that day, only one, a young boy, had the foresight to bring along a lunch. They were really caught up in what this miracle worker was doing. This was so much so that they made no preparations for a meal. I suppose this is mob action, maybe at its best, in this case. However, what a blessing for this little fellow to be able to be part of this great miracle of provision when so many had not even thought of it!
The second part of our scripture for today recounts in matter-of-fact terms that Jesus walked on water. A long time ago I heard a story about a priest, a pastor and a rabbi who all loved to fish and went fishing together in the priest’s small boat. After a while they got to one of the priest’s favorite fishing spots where they anchored the boat. A bit later the priest said he had to go and relieve himself so he got up and walked across the water to the shore and took care of his need the returned. He hardly got his feet wet. Shortly thereafter the pastor did the same thing. Again, his feet were hardly wet. The rabbi, thinking “if they can do it so can I” got up stepped out of the boat and immediately went down into the water coming up spluttering and spitting out water. The priest and pastor looked at one another and one said, “Do you suppose we should tell him where the tops of those posts are?”
Okay, that was a bit facetious but the point I am trying to make is that Jesus again showed Who He was through the ability to walk on water. This was something you and I could only do if that water was solidly frozen into ice. The other accounts also make it clear that there was a storm on the Sea of Galilee that night as Jesus was walking on the water. Two miracles actually happened here. Jesus walked on water and the boat immediately got to the shore where they were heading. Both these alone or together were enough for His disciples to recognize the origin of Jesus as God’s Son.
What did it take for you to recognize Who Jesus really is? On the other hand, if you saw Jesus at work in this world today, would you recognize Him? At least the multitude was willing to see Him as One Who had great power and the disciples who had also witness the miracle of that very special potluck dinner AND saw Jesus walking on water recognized Jesus as Someone. And He really is Someone, isn’t He?
Prayer Focus: Lord Jesus, I hope I am not one who needs to be hit over the head to recognize You as the Son of God with great power over me and over this universe. I ask for a tender and willing heart to believe unreservedly in You as Who You say You are. Thank You for being so caring and forgiving. AMEN.