WHEN JESUS SPEAKS

The majority of us know what it is like to have someone immediately challenge us on a subject that we have just presented.  How they respond makes all the difference as to what we will say next.  We can ask for elaboration.  We can respond by explaining in detail a little more than we have initially presented. 

We can react and become engaged in argument.  We might smile and say simply: “I am completely satisfied with my conclusion.” It is highly unlikely that I might hit upon your response. 

My Mom and Dad had their moments.  I recall him saying: “Woman, you are a fool!  Her response could be counted on: “That makes two of us, you and me!”  They still made more than fifty years together!

At the conclusion of one His discourses, in particular relating to the “Bread of Life”, Jesus said: “This is the will of Him who sent Me.  I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.  For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” 

Naturally, that created reaction.  Some of those present “were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.”  Saying such created reaction: “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?  How does He now say, “I have come down out of heaven?”  That type of a reaction would come from some of your friends were you to say: “Jesus came down from heaven.  He is the Bread of Life!”  Why not try it?

Our awareness that in the society in which we dwell Christ is not recognized any more than those present in that day.  If He was accepted as the God/Man who died for their sin, there would be a radical change in each individual who so recognized Him.  In the days of yesteryear it was called a revival!  On one occasion a man was heard to say it was a Re-Bible.   A broken heart about sin and an understanding of God’s forgiveness in Christ makes a major difference for here and eternity.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.  Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father God, has set His seal….This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who He has sent.”   (Luke 6:26-40)

That statement by Christ was repeated twice in the Scripture presented…Do Not Let It Escape You!

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