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Wednesday, July 30 2014
John 6:66-69 KJV
[66] From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 
[67] Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 
[68] Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 
[69] And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
John 6:68 GW
[68] Simon Peter answered Jesus, "Lord, to what person could we go? Your words give eternal life.
I get a sense, and I may be wrong, that many people have no direction or purpose.  They wander aimlessly through life looking for a bigger cause or purpose.  
We find great satisfaction in participating in a cause that gives back or is bigger than oneself.  It is gratifying to be part of something that even in a small way changes the world.
When I was a firefighter/paramedic, I experienced the trauma, the emotional drain and the psychological battering of watching someone taking their last breath or speak their last word.  But their were many times that I felt the exhilaration knowing that what I did had a direct effect on saving a life.  
Although delivering a baby is not something on my top ten things that I have ever experienced, I am proud to say that I have delivered 10.  
Helen Keller said...True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
John the 6th chapter documents a fantastic miracle.  In the opening verses of this chapter, Jesus feeds the five thousand.  It is a glorious day in the ministry of Jesus.  
John 6:14 KJV
[14] Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
But over the next 24 hours, the dynamic of the revival changed.  The men continued to seek after Jesus, but their purpose was not to hear Him minister.  Their purpose was simply because He was handing out loaves and fishes.
John 6:26-27 GW
[26] Jesus replied to them, "I can guarantee this truth: You're not looking for me because you saw miracles. You are looking for me because you ate as much of those loaves as you wanted. 
[27] Don't work for food that spoils. Instead, work for the food that lasts into eternal life. This is the food the Son of Man will give you. After all, the Father has placed his seal of approval on him."
Jesus began to teach them that there was something required of them.  His kingdom is not about what was not about receiving natural bread, but about eating of the spiritual bread of life.  
His message was clear.  It is not about your full bellies, but working in the Kingdom of God.  
Humanity loves the loaves and the fishes, but we do not want anything required of us.  We want to serve God on our terms.  
Within a day of Jesus feeding the five thousand and preaching to a multitude.  Something happens that had to be a bit deflating...
John 6:66 KJV
[66] From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Jesus turns to the twelve disciples left and asks, "Are you going to leave also?".  
It was Peter that answered.  He was always quick to speak, but he answered a question with a question. Where would we go?
He may not have understood everything that Jesus taught.  There is some scripture for that, but he knew there was something different about Jesus.
He said, "Your words give eternal life".  
What he was saying is it is not about the music, the programs, the loaves and fishes, but it is about your Word.  Your Word will change our lives.
When we strip away all the things that churches offer, programs that we have and the fellowship that we enjoy, it will be the Word of God that changes our lives.
The crowd left Jesus and he stood there with 12 men that refused to give up.
These were the men that would later bring revival to the known world, but it was a decision that they made in John 6 that separated them from every one else and set them up to be used of God.  
This morning, I want you to ask yourself.  Where do I go from here?
Am I here for the loaves and fishes, What the church and God can offer me or am I here to be part of something bigger than myself?
It was easy for the crowds to walk away, but a few stood and said I will do whatever it takes.
When we commit to the cause of Jesus Christ, we are promised Eternal Life.
Being a committed and dedicated follower of Christ is not for the cowardice or soft.  Being a Christian is not for the weak or faint.
Matthew 16:24-27 KJV
[24] Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 
[25] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 
[26] For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 
[27] For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
I can guarantee that those that walked away that day in John 6 still had problems.  There were those with money problems and sicknesses.  They dealt with losing jobs, paying taxes and just the burdens of life, but what they forfeited were the promises of God...
John 14:1-4 KJV
[1] Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 
[2] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so , I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 
[3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 
[4] And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
[17] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Psalm 138:7 KJV
[7] Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
Psalm 23:1-6 KJV
[1] The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
[2] He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 
[3] He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 
[4] Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 
[5] Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 
[6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
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