After Jesus fed a huge crowd with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish, people started to get more than a little curious about Him.
When he slipped away from the crowd, people began searching all over for him. When they finally found him on the other side of the lake, here’s what he said:
Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval. (John 6:26-27)
That prompted a question:
What must we do to do the works God requires? (John 6:28)
That’s the sort of question I probably would have asked. How do I get in good with God? What does he want me to do? Where I can get the official to-do list so I can start earning heaven points?
Here was Jesus’ answer:
The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent. (John 6:29)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He’s the Son of Man — the long-awaited Savior of the Universe prophesied by Daniel hundreds of years earlier — on whom God the Father placed his “seal of approval.” (See Daniel 7:13.)
2. What exactly should we do?
In his first statement, Jesus urges us to work not for “food that spoils” but rather for “food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”
When the people still don’t get it, Jesus makes it clear. To repeat: “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
As we’ve seen over and over and over again in our journey with him, what Jesus wants first and foremost is for us to BELIEVE in him with all our ♥.
That’s Job #1.
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