After reading this passage from John there is little confusion about what it means to follow Jesus. If we place anything of need over our need for Jesus, we are not following him.
Jesus freaked out the Jews from John 6:25-59. Drink my blood and eat my body. Jesus said if you don’t do this, you will not have eternal life. Was Jesus calling us to be cannibals? Hopefully you can see that this was not Jesus’ message. He was speaking figuratively. We are to need Jesus just like we need food everyday to sustain our earthly lives.
Jesus was also telling this to people that had come from the ‘Feeding of the Five Thousand’. They wanted to know what must be done…to get fed again. I love the message that Jesus gives, because it’s not just about showing up, it’s about following. Jesus said that you can eat manna (bread) everyday and die, or you can satisfy yourself with Jesus and have eternal life.
This is about most of our beginnings. We want to live life to the fullest. Trying to entertain and satisfy ourselves with what this world has to offer. So most of us look at Jesus and Christianity as an option for this life. Jesus did not come to fill your belly, he came to save your soul from eternal suffering.
This is important for you to understand-if you are willing to follow Jesus and acknowledge him as Lord, he will hold you and never leave you.
I wish I could tell you this face to face instead of you reading these words. God loves you! He knows everything you’ve done and he loves you! I want nothing more for your life then to know Jesus Christ as your personal savior!
If you’re reading this and have questions please email me so that I can tell you this face to face. And as always-the coffee is on me.