Speaker: Jerry Cisar
At its core definition, a disciple is a learner. That is what you are called to be, as a follower of Jesus. Not the accumulation of knowledge per se, the learning the person of Jesus and the ways of Jesus. In this Sunday’s text, some would be disciples are about to set out to take the world by storm after they’ve had a miraculous meal and, likely, a small amount of teaching… from Jesus. They have enough information to recognize Who Jesus is, but are smitten with history’s greatest case of “zeal without knowledge!”
Unfortunately, their zeal is working in direct opposition to Jesus. So Jesus withdraws. I wonder how often Jesus withdraws from some of our great efforts because, no matter how well intended, they are working in opposition to Jesus’ purposes and mission.
John 6 is a familiar chapter: Jesus feeds the 5,000; He walks on water; He tells us that He is the bread that came down from heaven; that we must eat His flesh and drink his blood. Yet, those scenes, alone, don’t get to the chapter’s central theme. I invite you to be a disciple, a learner, and lean in. Theologians often speak of the cross and the Kingdom as if the two stand in opposite corners. The point of John 6 is that the cross is the only way of the Kingdom.
Join us in worship as we dive and explore John 6 with fresh eyes. , I invite you to be a disciple, a learner, and lean in.