2014-11-20 / Worship

Jesus, the miracle worker

(John 6:16-30)

Toward evening on the day of the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus’ disciples boarded a vessel to take them to Capernaum on the opposite side of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had remained on the mountain to be alone with his Heavenly Father. The multitude had gone away with full bellies and the expectation that Jesus would become their king, their own miracle worker.

The disciples hadn’t rowed very far before a storm arose, and the sea became so rough that they couldn’t make way. But, as with most storms in life, this one provided an opportunity for a lesson in faith. When they first saw Jesus walking toward them on the surface of the water, the sight frightened them. But Jesus identified himself and reassured them, and they welcomed Him aboard. Immediately they reached the safe shore. In times of suffering, we need to remember that Jesus is always nearby. When we welcome Him into our lives, He draws us into a secure harbor and shields us from our troubles.

Early the next morning, the multitude that Jesus had fed were looking for Him. When they realized that Jesus and the disciples had crossed to Capernaum, they too boarded boats and followed, demanding of Jesus, “Rabbi, when camest thou hither” (verse 25).

And Jesus responded, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat that endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed” (verses 26, 27).

Jesus was trying to get them to see that there is more to life than just satisfying physical needs. He was offering them fulfillment of their spiritual hunger, which would provide everlasting satisfaction. But they were slow to understand. They asked Jesus what He meant. How could they do the works of God? (verse 28). Jesus said, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent” (verse 29).

But, still the multitude wanted Jesus to give them a sign that would serve as visible proof of who He was (verse 30). They witnessed one miracle. We know about all the miracles. When will we fully rely on Jesus?

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