John Lesson 8 Day 4 ~ Study of John 6:14-15
8- The crowd’s reason for following Jesus
They knew Moses said, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.” God said He would raise someone up because they said, “Don’t let us hear the voice of the Lord our God anymore or see this blazing fire, for we will die.”
Like their ancestors, they didn’t understand the purpose of miracles. They were self-serving, following Jesus only because He met their physical hunger. They did not have true faith.
John 6:26-27 “Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” NLT
Some in this same crowd may have gone into the desert to hear John the Baptist. They also wondered if he was the prophet.
9- Jesus came to do the Father’s will and not His own.
Perhaps the crowd’s desire to make Him their king tempted Jesus. Jesus dealt with a similar temptation during His forty-day fast in the wilderness. Or perhaps His fatigue drove Him to dismiss the crowd. After all, the crowds interrupted their planned retreat.
Satan doesn’t play fair. He doesn’t think, “I’ll come back later when He’s not so tired.” He’s an opportunist who seizes our weakest moments.
Jesus immediately withdrew from everyone. He didn’t linger. Then He spent all night in prayer with His Father.
We really don’t know if Jesus was tempted a little, a lot, or at all. We do know He avoided a detour from God’s purpose.
Matthew 14:23 “After He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was there alone.” AMP
Matthew 26:36,41 “Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane (olive-press), and He told His disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” AMP
Hebrews 4:15 “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” NLT
Hebrews 5:7-9 “While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.” NLT
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