Mark 6:51-52 they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
Matthew 14:32-33 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Foreshadowing in the Old Testament was pointing to something or someone greater yet to come.
What are we missing out on because we are focused on earthly things instead of the spiritual?
Jesus’ hard words distinguish those who genuinely seek him from those who merely seek his blessings.
“…waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had.”
John 5:18 ” This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. “
Jesus identifies himself as the Son of God.
Six things that bear witness:
Jesus himself (vs.31) John the Baptist (vs. 32-35) The Miracles (vs. 36) God the Father (vs. 37-38) The scriptures (vs. 39-40) Moses (vs.45-47)
Who are the hard-hearted and closed-minded people you know that need to know Jesus?
John 4:48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”
Believe (pisteuo) means to have confidence in, to affirm, or to entrust.
Will you believe by taking Jesus at his word, or do you require signs and wonders?
Believing in Jesus’ word is believing in Jesus himself.
The evidence of our belief is the way we respond.
All people need the truth of Jesus. Don’t be distracted by earthly things. Keep focused on the kingdom; stay on mission with Jesus.
John chapter 3
Nic is asking the right QUESTION; he’s also asking the right PERSON.
Two things are needed to accomplish salvation:
1) an object of faith (Jesus)
2) belief in that object (faith)
1 Corinthians 1:18
Jesus is the one object of faith God has chosen to save us; we need to choose to believe in him.
Psalm 69:9 (text)
The signs of Jesus revealed who He was.
The signs of Jesus drew attention to His message.
The signs of Jesus showed something about the kingdom.
The signs of Jesus forced people to respond.
Jesus knows people’s hearts.
He didn’t just know them, then. He knows us, now.
Matthew 3:16-17 Daniel 7:13-14
Key Idea: We need to open our hearts and minds wider to truly embrace who Jesus is.
Jesus is the Word, the Light, the Life, the Fullness of God, the Only God, the Lamb of God, the Son of God, Rabbi (teacher), Messiah and Christ, King, the son of Joseph from Nazareth, the Son of Man
Reading: John 1:1-18
Key Idea: (If we have an intimate, personal relationship like Jesus did with God the Father, and like John the disciple had with Jesus…) Grace and truth should be GROWING and FLOWING in us.