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John 6:60-71 Devotional – Day 2

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 11:1-3 In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Read the Entire Psalm

In the Lord I take refuge. Notice how the writer of the Psalm states clearly his place of refuge. His refuge is in the Lord. The writer is being told by someone else that he should not let God be his refuge. He is told to run because he’s being attacked. It seems his friend thinks that all is hopeless. What should the righteous do when everything seems to be falling apart? Run? Hide? Throw up your hands in despair or take refuge in the Lord? Ask God to help you stay settled on Him as your refuge.

Scripture Reading
John 6:58-71 – English Standard Version
58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.

The Words of Eternal Life
60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” 71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray him.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Having God’s Ear through Prayer

  • Give thanks to God for His gifts and His goodness.
  • 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 CORE 520. Pray that they would be able to reach out to refugees in Wichita and share the love of Christ.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible

Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

Jesus tells them that if they are offended by his teaching so far, just wait until they see what he is going to do in about a year. At the time of the next year’s Passover celebration, Jesus will ascend to where he was before by way of the cross. This, Paul writes, will prove to be a scandal for the Jews and foolishness for the Gentiles. It was scandalous for the Jews because a righteous person would never die a shameful death on the cross. It was foolish for the Gentiles because how could a good man die on a cross to pay the penalty for someone else? We know that this scandalous folly was actually God’s wisdom and Christ’s glory. It is no wonder that so many struggle to believe the gospel; it is beyond mere human understanding. It makes sense that Jesus would say “the flesh doesn’t help at all.” Believing the gospel requires a work of the Spirit. If you are born again, give thanks to God for the work he has done to save you. Pray now for your friends who are far from God. Ask the Holy Spirit to draw them to Christ and to save them.