John Lesson 8 Day 2 ~ Study of John 6:1-5
Chronological outline of John’s Gospel:
I – Introduction and the first year of Jesus’ ministry – John 1-5
II – One day in Galilee – John 6
III – Last six months of ministry – John 7-21
3- John 6:4 The third Passover since Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
Several events could have influenced Jesus’ delay in attending this Passover feast.
- Herod had John the Baptist beheaded at the request of his granddaughter. Matthew 14:10
- Herod, the “bloody tyrant” desired to see Jesus. (MacLaren) Luke 23:8
- The twelve disciples needed rest following their two by two ministry journey. Mark 6:7
- The Jewish hostility toward Jesus.
- The large crowds following Jesus.
4- Jesus shows the Father’s heart—
He is moved with compassion for His disciples and the crowds.
a. Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”
(Mark 6:31 NLT) Jesus knew that He and His disciples needed a time of physical and spiritual refreshing—rest, nourishment, and time alone together.
Their time alone was limited to the boat ride across the Galilee because the crowd was already waiting for them when they arrived. (The trip took about 1 to 3 hours depending on the crossing’s location and the time of year.)
b. What a convicting question!
I’m willing, but my attitude often leaves something to be desired. Especially when I’m tired.
It’s good to know Jesus has compassion on our human frailty.
I need to make rest and time alone with Him a priority. Even though I usually do what I feel He’s leading me to do, I still try to do everything else on my list.
Ironically, when I don’t make rest a priority, my productivity suffers.
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