|John 6:22-71||Read Online|
“What can we do to perform the works of God?” they asked.
Jesus replied, “This is the work of God—that you believe in the One He has sent.”
Kids say the funniest things.
During camp one summer, a young girl refused to drink any water at recreation, even though it was a scorching day. When my teammate asked her about it, she said she was afraid she’d gain weight if she drank the water. You see, several girls in her community had gotten pregnant. Her mother told her, “It must be something in the water.”
Kids say funny things all the time, but another joy of working with them is that they aren’t afraid to ask tough questions.
During the same week of camp, I was teaching that Jesus is both 100 percent God and 100 percent man. I watched the expression of one kid in my group turn to deep contemplation. Suddenly he raised his hand and exclaimed, “How can Jesus be 100 percent God and 100 percent man? That equals 200 percent! That doesn’t make any sense.”
In today’s passage, we see both truths clearly. Since Jesus grew up in the region of Galilee, many people could attest to the fact that He was, in fact, human and that He’d grown up from a boy into a man (verse 42).
Just a few days ago, we read stories of when Jesus fed 5,000 people and walked on water. And in today’s passage, Jesus demonstrated His omniscience (verse 61). It’s an attribute unique to God. No matter how you look at it, the truth remains—Jesus is both fully God and fully man.
The boy in my group was right. This doesn’t really seem to add up. The incarnation doesn’t fully make sense to our imperfect minds. It’s part of the mystery of God, and it’s something we must accept by faith.
The people following Jesus asked Him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” (verse 28). And Jesus replied, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (verse 29).
The word “work” is used for a reason in verse 29. In the original Greek, the term means “toil” or “labor.” It implies difficult or hard work. Believing the truth about Jesus isn’t easy, but it’s what Christ has called us to do.
Because Jesus is 100 percent God and 100 percent man, He alone is uniquely qualified to be our Bread of life that keeps us from perishing. Because He’s a man, we can know He identifies and sympathizes with us. And because He’s God, we know we can trust Him.
Do you trust God completely with your life? Do you fully believe the truth about Christ? If so, do your actions match up with your beliefs?
- How ought the truth about Jesus affect the way you live?
- In verse 30, the people asked Jesus to perform a sign so they could believe. Many of these people were the same ones who witnessed Him feeding the 5,000. How many times in life do you witness the faithfulness and goodness of God and then doubt Him the very next minute?
- How does this passage about the flesh and blood give greater significance to the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper?