“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Jesus the Bread of Life

A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus

Earlier in the book of John chapter 6, we talked about Jesus feeding the five thousand.  (Matthew 14:21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.)  So it could have been as many as 12,000 to 14,000 people fed that day with 12 bushels or baskets left over.   Matthew Henry Commentary – See in this miracle a representation of The Bread of Life, which came down from Heaven to sustain our perishing souls.  Christ’s provisions for us in His gospel may appear mean and scanty to the world, yet they satisfy all that feed on Him in their hearts by faith and with thanksgiving.

Jesus the Bread of Life – John 6:25) And when they had found Him on the other side of the sea, they said unto Him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?   26) 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.  27) 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.  Acts 2:22.  28) Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  29) Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.  1John 3:23.  30) They said therefore unto Him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?  31) Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from Heaven to eat.  Exodus 16:15; Nehemiah 9:15; Psalms 78:24.  32) Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that Bread from Heaven; but my Father giveth you the True Bread from Heaven.  33) For the Bread of God is He which cometh down from Heaven, and giveth life unto the world.  34) Then said they unto Him, Lord, evermore give us this Bread.  35) And 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.   John 4:14; Revelations 22:17.   36) But I said unto you, That ye also have seen Me, and believe not.  37) All that the Father giveth me shall come to me: and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.  Jeremiah 31:34; 1John 2:19.  38) For I came down from Heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.  39) And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  40) And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life:  and I will raise him up at the last day. 

Nelson’s Bible Commentary – vv26, 27) Do not labor for the food: The impression that one must work for eternal life is quickly corrected when Jesus adds which the Son of Man shall give you.   The Son provides life as a gift (4:10).  v28-30 When Jesus said believe on Him whom He hath sent, the people must have understood that He was claiming to be the Messiah.  Therefore, they asked for a sign –despite the fact that they had just witnessed the feeding of the multitudes!!!  v31 There was a tradition that said that the Messiah would cause manna to fall from heaven as Moses did (Exodus 16:4,15).  The people probably saw this “miracle worker” as the perpetual provider of physical needs rather that spiritual ones.  v32 The crowd misrepresented the truth, so Jesus corrected them.  The manna had not come from Moses; it had been provided by God.  Moreover, God still gives True Bread — eternal life (v33).   v35 Bread of Life means “bread which supplies life.” Manna satisfied physical needs for a while.  Christ satisfies spiritual needs forever (4:13, 14).  v36, 37 seen…not believe.  Seeing does not necessarily mean believing (v30; 11:46-57).  On the other hand, Christ blesses those who believe without having seen.  v38 Christ will not cast out any who come to Him because He came to do the Father’s will.  v39, 40 The will of the Father is twofold: (1) that all who come to the Son will be received and not lost; (2) that all who see and believe on the Son will have everlasting life.  

More to come and God Bless You.

      

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Jesus Walks On The Water

A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus

John 6:16) And when even was now come, His disciples went down unto the sea,  Matthew 14:23.  17) And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum.  And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.  18) And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.  19) So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship:  and they were afraid.  20) But He saith unto them, It is I, be not afraid.  21) Then they willingly received Him into the ship:  and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.  22) The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto His disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples were gone away alone;  23) (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:).  24) When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither His disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. 

 

Quest Study Bible, Nelson’s Bible Commentary – Why did Jesus walk on water? This served to strengthen the disciples’ trust in Jesus at a time when they probably felt disappointed and confused by His refusal to be made king the day before (6:14, 15). It also provides powerful evidence of Jesus’ ability to help us in the storms and troubles we face. This fifth miracle pointed to Jesus’ deity. Only God could walk on water, calm the sea, and supernaturally transport the disciples to their destination. If we have received Christ Jesus the Lord, though the night be dark, and the wind high, yet we may comfort ourselves, we shall be at the shore before long. Praise GOD!
More to come and God Bless You.

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

A Christ Filled Life- Getting to Know Jesus

Ephesians 3:20) Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.  21) Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen.  1Timothy 1:17.  

John 6:1) After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. Mark 6;35. 2) And a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His miracles which He did on them that were diseased. 3) And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. 4) And the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. Numbers 28:16. 5) When Jesus then lifted up His eyes, and saw a great company come unto Him, He saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6) And this He said to prove him: for He Himself knew what He would do. 7) Philip answered Him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. 8) One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto Him, 9) There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? 2Kings 4:43. 10) And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11) And Jesus took the loaves; and when He had given thanks, He distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. 12) When they were filled, He said unto His disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 13) Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. 14) Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6). 15) When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take Him by force, to make Him a king, He departed again into a mountain Himself alone.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary- v1 After these things: About six months elapsed between 5:47 and this verse. Herod Antipas had killed John the Baptist and was seeking Jesus. The disciples had preached throughout Galilee and many people were curious about Jesus (v5). v2-7 Pennyworth or One denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer or a field hand (Matthew 20:2). 200 denarii would have been almost two thirds of a year’s wages. v8, 9 Barley loaves were an inexpensive food of the common people and the poor. v10, 11, 12 The miraculous multiplication of the food demonstrated Jesus’ Deity, because only God can create. As Jesus looked to God and asked a blessing on the food, so should we; that we may always have enough and learn to avoid all waste; being frugal, not wasting any of the blessing’s that God gives us. This is the only miracle of Jesus that is recorded in all four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). v12-14 The Prophet, is a reference to Deuteronomy 18:15. The men’s statement does not necessarily mean that they believed Jesus was the Messiah. Some made a distinction between the prophet and the Messiah (1:20, 21). v15 Make Him a King. Moses had led the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt. Perhaps these men felt that Jesus could lead them out of bondage to the Romans. Ruling an earthly kingdom would have sidetracked Jesus from His eternal purpose: to establish the Kingdom of God, a spiritual kingdom throughout the entire world.
More to come and God Bless You!

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Testimonies About Jesus

A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus

“The Book of Daniel has a lot of miraculous rescues and humbling of pagan kings and the amazing predictions of how God would depose tyrants. All display God’s power and His willingness to use it.” Quest Study Bible.

Today in Church Service a minister quoted Ephesians 3:20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. God’s love for us and His power knows no limits.

John 5:31) If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 32) There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. 33) Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. 34) But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 35) He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. 2Peter 1:19. 36) But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 37) And the Father Himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 1Timothy 1:17. 38) And ye have not His word abiding in you: for whom He hath sent, Him ye believe not. 39) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Acts 17:11. 40) And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. 41) I receive not honour from men. 1Thessalonians 2:6. 42) But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. 43) I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. 44) How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Romans 2:29. 45) Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. Romans 2:12. 46) For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. Acts 26:22. 47) But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words.

Quest Study Bible Commentary – v31 The principles of Old Testament law required two witnesses to establish anything as fact. Deuteronomy 19:15. v35 Jesus is the light. John was a lamp. v36 the works, John did not perform any signs (10:41). Those were specific works that the Son was to perform, as predicted in the Old Testament (Isaiah 35:5, 6) to attest to the fact that He was sent by the Father. v37, 38 This is not a reference to the voice from heaven at the baptism of Christ, but to scripture (vv38, 39). v39 The Jewish religious leaders of Jesus’ day searched diligently the Old Testament scriptures, but did not see Jesus as the Messiah and did not believe in Him (v38). v40-42 The love of God, here is not love from God but love of God. Since God loves us we should love Him (Deuteronomy 6:5: 1John 4:19). v43 in his own name, If someone had come giving his own ideas, in harmony with the people’s ideas, the people would have received him. v45 honour that comes from the only God. The glory that will be revealed in us in the presence of God (Romans 8:18). Christ will not have to accuse the people on judgment day, because the one in whom they placed their hope, Moses, will.

More to come and God Bless You!

“Jesus, A Mirale Worker”/Daniel’s Story VII

A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus

Daniel in the Den of Lions – Daniel 6:1)

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 2) And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. 3) Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Proverbs 3:35. 4) Then presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Philippians 2:15. 5) Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. 6) Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. 7) All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counselors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. 8) Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 9) Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. Psalm 118:9. 10) Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Jonah 2:4; 1Kings 18:36. 11) Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12) Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 13) Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. Esther 3:8; Acts 17:7. 14) Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him. Matthew 27:17-24; Mark 6:26. 15) Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. 16) Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, He will deliver thee. 2Corinthians 1:10. 17) And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. Lamentation 3:53; Mark 15:46. 18) Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. Esther 6:1; Psalm 77:4. 19) Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 20) And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? 21) Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 22) My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Hebrews 1:14; 2Timothy 4:17. 23) Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him because he believed in his God. Mark 16:18. 24) And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den. 25) Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 26) I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for He is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall be even unto the end. 27) He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 28) So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Commentary – v22 Daniel was protected from the lions because he was innocent of wrong doing and because he trusted in God.

“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Daniel’s Story VI

A Christ Filled Life – Getting to know Jesus

The Writing On The Wall, Daniel 5:1) Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords and drank wine before the thousand. Nahum 1:10; Mark 6:21. 2) Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. 3) Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. 4) They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. Psalm 115:4-8. 5) In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 6) Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. Nahum 2:10. 7) The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. 8) Then came in all the king’s wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. Genesis 41:8; Isaiah 47:13. Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied. 10) Now the queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed. 11) There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; 12) Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.

13) Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry? 14) I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee. 15) And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing. 16) And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom. 17) Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another, yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. 18) O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: 19) And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would slew; and whom he would he kept alive, and whom he would he put down. Jeremiah 25:9. 20) But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: Isaiah 14:12-17……….22) And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this: 2Chronicles 33:23; Psalm 119:46. 23) But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: Habakkuk 2:18. 24) Then was the part of the hand sent from Him; and this writing was written. 25) And this is the Writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.

26) This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE, God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. Jeremiah 25:12. 27) TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Psalm 62:9, Jeremiah 6:30. 28) PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. Exodus 1:1. 29) Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. 30) In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. Jeremiah 51:31, 39, 57. 31) And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old (62 yrs old).

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v10 the queen – was not Belshazzar’s wife but the queen mother. She was either the wife of Nebuchadnezzar or the daughter of Nebuchadnezzar who had married Nabonidus, the current king. v11 How could Daniel be in charge of things God abhors? Being chief of the magicians and others didn’t necessarily mean Daniel had authority over them. This phrase may simply have acknowledged Daniel’s superior wisdom and ability to interpret dreams.
More to come and God Bless You.

“Jesus, A miracle Worker”/Daniel’s Story V

A Christ Filled Life/Getting to Know Jesus

The Dream is Fulfilled Daniel 4:29) At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. 30) The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? Proverbs 16:18; Isaiah 26:10. 31) While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. Acts 12:23. 32) And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will. 33) The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws. 34) And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured Him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His Kingdom is from generation to generation: 35) And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou? Job 34:29; Isaiah 45:9. 36) At the same time my reason retuned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me, and my counselors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Job 42:12. 37) Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of Heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase.

Quest Study Bible/Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v1 Chapter 4 appears to be an official proclamation from the king. But does it belong in the Bible since it reflects the king’s belief in many gods? Yes, because it exalts the true God–a remarkable statement coming from a pagan ruler.v13 A messenger, a holy one. This apparently, was an angel, vv. 17, 23. v19 It is necessary, in repentance, that we not only cease to do evil, but learn to do good. What were Nebuchadnezzar’s sins? In addition to attacking other nations and killing and torturing or deporting their people, the king kept his own citizens in relative poverty. He spent huge sums on elaborate building projects–including, according to tradition the famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Excavations have shown that the king’s palace was enormous, surrounded by a series of thickly fortified walls, while most of the populace lived in one story mud brick houses. v28-37 Pride and self-conceit are sins that beset great men. Nebuchadnezzar would be more than a man, but God justly makes him less than a man. It is thought that he did not live more than a year after his restoration. Thus the Lord knows how to give grace and consolation to the humble, brokenhearted sinner who calls upon Him. Praise God!