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After Jesus fed the 5,000 the crowds grew.

Jesus answered them and said,

Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal."

John 6:26-27 NASB

A quick observation today.

One of the names that Isaiah gives us for Jesus is “Wonderful” which at its root is miracle. He is Healer – even today. He is Provider – even today. He is the Gift of God – even today.

And even today, some seek Him for what they might get. They come only to be healed – to be fed – to escape judgment.

Does He today look at the crowds and say: “Do not work for the food which perishes?

Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent. - John 6:29 NASB

I need to get about my Father’s business today.

Lord, give me the faith I need to follow you – to work for the food that is eternal.

Ben NelsonThank you for stopping by.

See you again soon.

Ben

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But He needed to go through Samaria. - John 4:4 NKJV

Last time we spent most all of a post looking at the word “needed” in the above verse, and found this definition:

“Necessity established by the counsel and decree of God, esp. by that purpose of His which relates to the salvation of men by the intervention of Christ and which is disclosed in the O.T. prophesies.”

…with this addendum:

“moral obligation which arises from divine appointment.” [i]

You see Jesus tells us that the Father directed all His works and actions.

Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. - John 5:19 NASB

He needed to go through Samaria because that is where Father was going.

Jesus followed the Father to green pastures, beside still waters, as willingly as He followed His Father into the valley of the shadow of death – or should I say onto the hill of shame and death.

We will see as this passage unfolds that Jesus truly does have a divine appointment, which will culminate in the salvation of a city. We will even find that what appears to be a chance meeting at a well in Sychar is indeed the fulfillment of Old Testament foreshadowing.

For today though, I want to put a spotlight on what Jesus NEEDED to do.

How did Jesus decide where to go and what to do?

He asked Dad.

My kids do that.

Especially when we are on vacation, they will look at me and say “what are we doing today, dad?”

Often we will talk it out, I may present options that my dear Corinne and I have talked through. Sometimes we will ask early on, what would you really hate to miss while we are here in this place at this time.

But in the end, it comes down to “hey dad, what are we doing today.”

Not a bad way to run your Christian walk.

My prayer:

Hey Dad, what are we doing today?”

Sometimes He let’s me have a voice in the plans. Sometimes He leaves it completely up to me. Other times, we NEED to go through Samaria.

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by today.

You are a blessing.

Ben

 

[i] "Greek Lexicon :: G1163 (NASB)." Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 1 Jul, 2014. http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1163&t=NASB

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In Matthew 12 Jesus is in the synagogue and there is a man there with a withered hand. After He heals this man the Pharisees are furious with Him and “…conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.” (vs.14)

I was struck by the next verse this morning.

But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all, and warned them not to tell who He was. - Matthew 12:15-16

This is only one of many times when Jesus healed all who came to Him.

We could look at this story from many different angles. We could look at how Jesus handled stress, or how the Pharisees hated Him, but today I have a single simple thought.

Following Jesus is a good idea.

It’s a good idea to follow Jesus, even when those around you speak with authority try to warn you off His trail.

Some may tell you that you’re too religious.

Some may say you are a fool to follow Him.

Some may say any religion leads to the same place.

Some may plot to kill is influence in your life.

But I believe that today, if you follow Jesus, you will find that He is still healing those who follow Him.

I have decided to follow Jesus.

He says

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; - John 10:27

My only response to that this morning is

Bbbbaaaaaaa

Come – let’s follow Jesus today!

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping in.

See you again soon.

Ben

 

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