The Presence of Jesus
Today’s devotion is a little different. Typically we start with a Bible verse and expound on it. In this devotion, we have just completed the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. We saw that Jesus withdrew when the people wanted to make Him king by force. We are going to compare the time Jesus withdrew in John 6, to the time when Jesus remained in John 4.
This is so we can see what causes Jesus to withdraw and what compels Him to remain in our lives.
1 – When Jesus withdrew.
“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.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.” John 6:14-15
Following the sign where Jesus fed the five thousand, the people wanted Jesus to follow them. The people wanted Jesus to be the king that would set them free from Roman rule. They wanted to assign Him what His role would be. Jesus knew His purpose. He didn’t come to free the people from Roman rule, but from the curse of sin and death. He wouldn’t be made to do what He was not called for. Jesus withdrew from people who didn’t take Him as He was, but wanted to make Him into what they wanted. He withdrew from the people who intended to come and make him king by force.
Take Jesus for who He is. Don’t try to make Jesus into something you want. Don’t force Him to fit into your own re-conceived ideas of who He is. He is not a genie in a bottle. He is not your key to financial prosperity. His purpose is not to fulfill your every desire. Don’t create Jesus in your image. Don’t force Him to be what you want. This is what caused Him to withdraw to a mountain by Himself.
2 – When Jesus remained.
“39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:39-42 NIV
In John 4:39-42, we see the author noting that Jesus remained in the town two days when He was urged to stay. Jesus remained with the people who recognized Him as Savior of the world.
Recognize Jesus for who He is. Hear for yourself. Receive Him as He is. Savior of the world. Urge Him to stay. This is what caused Him to remain.
I urge You to stay Lord Jesus. Please don’t take Your Spirit from me. I invite You… be my Savior. Be my Lord. Dwell with me. Be my God. I receive You as You are, in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.