Not Just The Master's Hand, But His Face Will I Seek
Jesus, The Bread of Life
When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, Verily, I say unto you, " Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled." Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
The earthly ministry of Jesus never ceases to amaze me. The stories of his travels, and the people he encountered, seem to come alive whenever you read them. Everywhere Jesus went, He was known to do good. Jesus showed His love and compassion to people of all nations. He brought the little children unto himself, and encouraged them. He comforted many widows and poor, and spoke peace to their wearied souls. He cast out demons and evil spirits, he opened blinded eyes, he caused deaf ears to hear, and he even raised some from the dead.
Everywhere Jesus went He preached the Kingdom of God to all that would hear and receive a word from God. Jesus performed many miracles and did many wonderful acts among the people. Jesus preached with an authority that was not learned in school, or taught by any man.
When Jesus came across the Sea of Galilee, a great multitude of people followed him, and he went up into a mountain, and sat down with his disciples. It was now evening, no town was near, and the people were far from home. Jesus, not wanting to send them away hungry, told his disciples to feed them. After scouring through the large crowds, all they could find was two fish and five loaves of barley bread that a young boy was carrying.
Jesus told his disciples to have the people sit on the grass, about five thousand men, not counting the women and children. Jesus took the two fish and five loaves, and when he had given thanks, gave them to his disciples to feed the people. After all the people had had their fill, they took up twelve baskets of fragments, so that nothing would be wasted.
When the people realized the great miracle that had been performed, they summized that Jesus was indeed the True Prophet that should come into the world, and they wanted to take Jesus and make him their king. When Jesus perceived that they would come and take him by force to be their king, he departed into a mountain alone.
The next morning, the people who had been on the other side of the lake, took ships, and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. And when they found him, and began to inquire of him, Jesus quickly side-stepped all of their small talk, Jesus cut right to the chase, telling them that they were only seeking him because they had eaten of the five loaves and two fish, and were filled. They were only seeking him because of his hand. Jesus said unto them, " I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."
Thou Hast The Words Of Eternal Life
John 6: 60-69,
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disiciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, " Lord, to whom shall we go?" "Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the Living God."
As Jesus was teaching the people, that the only way they could be a part of the kingdom of God, was that they would eat of His flesh , and drink of His blood, the people became astonished, confused, and offended.
They could not understand the message that Jesus was speaking to them. Moreover, the people had their own agenda. Many were following Jesus as disciples, even wanting to make Him their king, so that Jesus would release them of their oppression from this world. Many were following Jesus because they knew that he could help their present situations, and provide for their current needs.
Even today, we have become what's called a " Microwave Society." We want our needs met, and we want it done quick, fast, and in a hurry. Many people are still following Jesus for the bread and the loaves. Many are coming to Jesus only after the vicissitudes of life have worn them down, and there is no where else to turn.
We are still seeking the hand of God, and not His face. We come to receive blessings from the Lord, a new house, a better automobile, a promotion on our job, and all of the things that bring us joy and contentment in this world. Many come for wealth and prosperity, that their station in life would be glorified. While few come seeking the face of God. And even fewer come prepared to eat of his flesh, and drink his blood, and receive eternal life.
As the Jews and some of his disciples murmured at his words, and many became offended and walked no more with him, Jesus asked the twelve, " Will you go away also?" And Simon Peter answered him, saying, " Lord To Whom Shall We Go? Thou Hast The Words Of Eternal Life."
Jesus told a parable in Luke 12, about a man who had received an abundant harvest. A harvest so great that he could not contain it. And this man reasoned with himself, and decided that the thing for him to do would be to tear down his small barns, and build bigger barns, to store all of his goods. When his task was complete, and his harvest had been reaped, he sat down, with himself, and began to eat, drink, and be merry. But God said to him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee(you're going to die), then whose shall those things be?
Many times I have heard Saints speaking, and saying, "If he never does anything else for me, He's already done enough." I know that there are True Saints of God, who have gone through the fires and the floods, and yet hold on to, and submit to, the divine will of God for their lives, and would mean every word of that statement. But there are far too many, who would quote the words, being shallow and empty, and would be the first to become disheartened, wearied, and faint if God didn't show up with another blessing in his hand. Yet, far too many, who week after week, come to the house of the Lord, only seeking what's in his hand, and not his face.