John 6:29 Believe the One #233
If someone were to ask you why you followed Jesus, what would you say? I think it would be interesting to know everyone’s answers and I’m sure they would vary across a wide spectrum. Essentially, in John 6:29 Jesus tells you the answer, but first I want to back up and give it some context.
John 6 starts out with Jesus feeding 5,000 people and then he walked on water. After both of those miracles happened we arrive at John 6:22-40, which takes place the day after Jesus walks on water. I want to start in verse 25, which says, “When the people found Jesus on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Teacher, when did you get here?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am telling you the truth: you are looking for me because you ate the bread and had all you wanted, not because you understood my miracles. Do not work for food that spoils; instead, work for the food that lasts for eternal life. This is the food which the Son of Man will give you, because God, the Father, has put his mark of approval on him.’ So they asked him, ‘What can we do in order to do what God wants us to do?’ Jesus answered, ‘What God wants you to do is to believe in the one he sent.’ They replied, ‘What miracle will you perform so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?’ Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, just as the scripture says, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”
Jesus is trying to point out that he is the true bread; the only One that can only satisfy. But the disciples weren’t getting it. They were more interested in the food that perished, not the miracle maker himself. This is exactly what he says in verse 26, “I am telling you the truth: you are looking for me because you ate the bread and had all you wanted, not because you understood my miracles.”
After Jesus tells them to pursue eternal life, they still asked him, “What can we do in order to do what God wants us to do?'” Basically they are still trying to find out what they can do so they can get what they want. They, like many people today, thought that pleasing God was all about finding a formula and performing works. And, they were more concerned with satisfying their fleshly desires.
That brings me to verse 29 (do you see the importance of context) which says, “What God wants you to do is to believe in the one he sent.” I love how this verse points out that the exact thing God wants you to do is believe. God isn’t looking for you to cross things off of your Christian to-do list. Instead, want he wants you to do is believe in the one who God has sent.
Have you ever wondered what God wants you to do? John 6:29 makes it plain and simple. What Father wants from you is for you to believe in him!
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