What Do You Seek?
A Sermon from John 6
by Bob Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]
IntroductionJohn 6 is the set up for John 7-8.
Who "gets it"? What does that mean? What do you do when you don't get it?
What keeps us from getting it?
Then: Great crowd of people--Now: people, the world
Then: Jewish people-leaders--Now: religious leaders
Then: Twelve disciples, Philip and Andrew--Now: us
Verse 14: Wanting a physical kingThe people saw signs, they were compassionately fed (another sign, surely this is the prophet)
But they did not understand, Jesus withdrew (sometimes Jesus leaves)
Did the apostles participate in this (Matthew 14:22)?
Verse 16: Needing a physical rescueThe Twelve, Jesus had not joined them, perhaps he had promised to
They did not understand, terrified, but when he is identified, they accept him (Mk. 6:50-52)
Verse 22: Seeking a physical mealSo the people seek him again, vv. 26-27
It is made clear again that they do not understand
Verse 41: Sensing a competitorThe Jewish leaders seek an argument; they have put spiritual realities in the physical realm
They do not understand, "from heaven?"
Verse 60: Seeing a new realityThe disciples, vv. 53-58 are the genesis of what?
They are called to participate, not merely to go through the rituals
Verse 68: ConclusionApostles don't understand. Where else could I go?
We believe and know who you are.
Last updated November 26, 2010.