2015-01-01 / Worship

Jesus, the Spirit Word

(John 6:59-71)

In the days following the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus had been trying to help his followers understand that He was the bread of heaven, sent to nourish their souls for all eternity. Now, in the synagogue at Capernaum, some of them said, “This is an hard saying; who can hear it” (verse 60).

Jesus knew that the disciples were murmuring among themselves. He asked them, “Doth this offend you?...It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (verses 61, 63).

We all require help to understanding the teachings of Jesus, and God has provided us with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “No man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father” (verse 65).

Still, there are those who go against the Holy Spirit and reject the Word. Jesus said, “But there are some of you that believe not.” He had always known that some would reject Him, even that one of them would betray him (verse 64).

It was at this point that some of them faltered at the concept of spiritual nourishment. As Jesus acknowledged aloud that there would be those who wouldn’t believe, a lot of his followers turned away (verse 66). Jesus put his twelve disciples on the spot, “Will ye also go away?” (verse 67). Simon Peter pledged their loyalty, “Lord to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (verse 69).

But Jesus knew just how frail our faith can be. “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” The devil, in the form of Judas Iscariot, was already in their midst (verses 70, 71), and is still present with us today, always working to prevent our belief. We must constantly reinforce our understanding and faith by reading God’s Word and through fellowship.

And God has commanded us to share our faith. Jesus passed the Christian faith on to us through his Holy Spirit, and through the Holy Spirit within us we must pass it on to others. We must not hoard the Gospel to ourselves, but spread it worldwide to all who will listen and receive.

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