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John 6:60-71 Devotional – Day 1

Hearing God’s Voice from His Word

James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Take a moment and turn your attention to God. Tell God that you desire to trust and obey Him. Ask God to speak to you from His word.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 10:1-4
Lord, why do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked relentlessly pursue their victims;
let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
3 For the wicked one boasts about his own cravings;
the one who is greedy curses and despises the Lord.
4 In all his scheming,
the wicked person arrogantly thinks,
“There’s no accountability,
since there’s no God.”
Read the Entire Psalm

There is a God. There has always been a God. The wicked say that there is no God partially because they don’t want there to be a God. God is not one who can be fully understood and though it seems like he is far off, he is always near. All of life exists for God. All of life exists because of God. Give thanks to him for being near.

Scripture Reading
John 6:58-71 – New International Version
58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Many Disciples Desert Jesus
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”

61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”

66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.

68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)

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Having God’s Ear through Prayer

  • Express thanks to God.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to you.
  • Confess your sin to Him and receive forgiveness.
    (1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”)
  • Bring your personal requests to God.
    (Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your heart before God”)
  • Pray for someone in your small group.
  • Join with others from River and pray for Sarah as she serves overseas. Ask God to guide her, encourage her, and strengthen her for the work he has call her to do.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

“This teaching is hard. Who can accept it?” The word John used for “hard” does not mean difficult to understand, it means offensive. What made the Lord’s teaching offensive? He had made it clear that he did not come to meet their demands, rather he had come to tell them what God required of them. They were to submit to him, not the other way round. Some of his teaching was indeed hard to comprehend. The problem, however, was not primarily intellectual, it was spiritual. They found it hard to understand because they were so focused on their own physical desires and not enough on their true spiritual need. As we saw in last week’s passage, Jesus told them that those who had eaten manna in the wilderness during the time of Moses still died. That “bread” sustained them physically but was not enough to give them life eternal. Jesus is offering them more, not less, than what they demanded. They demanded a miracle worker and a political leader. He offered them a Lord and a Savior. Physical bodies will all someday come to and end. Nations will all someday come to an end. The one who does the will of God will live forever. Consider this today as you eat your daily bread and read the daily news.