A Trust in Tradition Crowds Out the Truth

A Trust in Tradition Crowds Out the Truth

In contrast to the highly unlikely possibility in John 7:26, these people continue their rationalization in v.27, which exposes a major problem in their minds with Jesus’ claims to be the Christ—We know where he is from (Nazareth of Galilee), but everyone knows that...
Fear of Man Prevents Discernment

Fear of Man Prevents Discernment

Similar language to John 7:13 occurs in ch.12, except, by this point, some of the leaders have become convinced of Jesus’ identity. Here is v.42 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear...
We Must Continually Feed on Christ

We Must Continually Feed on Christ

It’s helpful to point out that in beginning in v.54 through v.58 of John 6, the verb tense of eat and drink is in the present, which means Christ is teaching the importance of a continuous, ongoing action. This is also put forth in v.56 with the outcome of this...
Christ Fulfills Our Every Need

Christ Fulfills Our Every Need

In John 6:35, Jesus is teaching that upon coming to him, the bread of life, in faith, one will never have to search anywhere else again for sustenance. This is clearly not referring to physical hunger and thirst, and to miss the spiritual emphasis of these words is to...
Our Need for God to Reveal Our Motives

Our Need for God to Reveal Our Motives

The crowd’s misguided seeking of Jesus in John 6:26 illustrates a massive problem in the human heart, in that we often aren’t even thinking about what we need to learn from Jesus, but are merely satisfied being full and happy and healthy in this life, which we...
The Wrong Way to Fear God

The Wrong Way to Fear God

In John 6:16-21, the main theme switches from Christ’s sufficiency to provide all that we need, to trusting that he is sufficient to accomplish his promises according to his perfect plan. Nevertheless, we can become frightened to the point of losing our bearings due...