Looking for Jesus, by Ty Tamasaka – John 6

Looking for Jesus

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22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake 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. 23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 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.

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:22-29 NIV

When the crowds realize Jesus had departed, they began to look for Him.  While this sounds like a good thing on the surface, we will see from the text that when they searched for Jesus, it wasn’t because they wanted to be with Him, but because they wanted to get something from Him.  When looking for Jesus, there are three things we need to understand.

1 – Check your motives for coming to Jesus. 

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” John 6:25-26 NIV

The question is not when Jesus arrived here, but why the crowd arrived.  This text poses a major problem for the prosperity gospel that encourages people to seek God so that we can obtain blessing and prosperity from Him.  The multitude asked Jesus when He got there.  Jesus flipped the question to why they had come.  Jesus was basically saying, “You didn’t come and seek me because you understood the sign, but because you wanted a free lunch!”

Coming to Jesus is important – but we must check our motives for coming to Him.

2 – Seek Him for what is eternal. 

27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” John 6:27 NIV

Jesus rebuked the people for coming to Him only for food to fill their stomachs.  He tells them not to work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life.  Jesus flips the question of the people.

3 – Salvation comes by faith alone. 

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:28-29 NIV

The people ask Jesus, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” (emphasis mine)

Jesus corrects them.  He shows them that the work of God is singular.  “The work of God is this: to believe the one he has sent.”

This is the Gospel.  The singular work of God.  Christians are called to, “believe the one he has sent.”

Lord Jesus, check my heart as I come to You.  May my heart be focused on You as Savior, as King, as friend, as Lord, as God… more than coming just to manipulate You to get stuff that I want.  You are greater than any earthly treasure or pleasure.  You are greater than any possession I could have or any finances I could gain.  In the name of Jesus Christ, 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.    

 

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