Are you prepared to follow him?

Jesus had just taken five barley loaves and two fish and fed 5,000 people (John 6:22ff). Imagine the power of that miracle. The people who witnessed it wanted to make Jesus their king.

Later, people were looking for Jesus and found him miles from where they thought he was. They asked him when he arrived. It was then that Jesus told them what they were seeking. They were looking for another meal.

Have you ever noticed how much emphasis some people place on food, drink, and material possessions? One would think there was nothing else for which to live. While it is true that people must attend to priorities, these people had mistakenly put their emphasis on eating.

Jesus identified himself as the bread of life twice in John 6 telling these people who he was in language so simple and clear they could not mistake it.

Isn’t it incredible that just a few hours before these people wanted to make Jesus a king, and now, they were ready to stone him? Albert Edersheim wrote,

“Though they spake it not, this was the rock of offense over which they stumbled and fell. And Jesus read their thoughts. How unfit were they to receive all that was yet to happen in connection with the Christ —how unprepared for it!”[1]

We must learn from their example and remember there are more important things in life than money, possessions or even providing food for ourselves. The most important thing is to seek Jesus Christ and obey him. He holds the keys to eternal life by obeying his word.

How prepared are you to begin following Jesus?

[1] “The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, by Alfred Edersheim, Part II, page 35, World Bible Publishers.

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