Acts 6:1-8; Psalm 66; John 6:35-40
The Gospel today picks up from yesterday, repeating the last verse from yesterday: whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. How do we know this is true, that Jesus will satisfy us when we come to him and refresh us when we believe in him? He says this today:
- Jesus assures us, he will not drive us away when we come to him. God calls everyone to him, but not everyone responds to that call and come to him for their own reasons, fear, shame, guilt or apathy. But why should I come to Jesus and surrender my life to him? I do not want to be restricted in my movements, I want to enjoy life. Jesus tells us why in the next verse.
- God wills that those who come to him will be raised on the last day. God wants to give us eternal life WITH HIM!
- Notice what Jesus said: we will have eternal life, even BEFORE he raises us on the last day. Eternal life is given even now and on the last day, Jesus will raise us up.
Yet, this hunt for Christians pushed the Christians out of Jerusalem and into the neighboring region (Samaria). An example of this is Philip, who went to Samaria and preached the Messiah to them. Because of the persecution in Jerusalem, Samaria heard the Gospel and they saw signs of the power of God: many were delivered of evil spirits, the paralyzed were healed. God used the suffering to push the Christians out of Jerusalem to Samaria so others may be healed and delivered from the evil spirits.
This is the life God wants us to have: it is a life of victory and freedom through the sufferings that come our way. God wants to set us free. He wants to use the sufferings we have for our good and for his glory. This is possible only when we come to Jesus and trust him because God does mighty works for us when we allow him to enter our lives!
Do you want to see God work in your life? Do you want to see how God uses your suffering to lead you to victory and glory? Do you want to see the power of God in your life so you can give glory to him?
God wants you to have a full and meaningful life! If you are losing hope, turn to Jesus. If you are suffering and there seems to be no end to it, come to Jesus and believe him. He wants to give you new life. He wants to do mighty things in your life.
Lord Jesus, you said you want to give me life, to the full. Show me where you are. Reveal yourself to me. I may not see you now, I may not know you now, but I know, you will not turn me away because I come to you. And since I come to you, you know, I believe you. You do not require much faith. Coming to you is faith enough for you to do wonders in my life. I allow you to work in my life. I allow you to enter my life. I allow you to change my life and transform it to one that will give you glory.