Jesus is my path to life.
"It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life."
It is important to note in these verses that God is constantly revealing Himself to man throughout the world. The distinction being presented is that of knowing about God and knowing God in person. When we hunger for more than just knowledge of God we always come to Jesus. Jesus is the only path to having a fullness of knowledge about God through the intimacy of a relationship.
This is a huge distinction in the religious practice of the Jewish people that Jesus is addressing. Only the High Priest had contact with God and normal people like you and I could only learn about God from them and others God had spoken through in the past, writers of the Old Testament. It had been over 400 years since God spoke to His people through a prophet of God.
In the Gospel of John, chapter 6, after Jesus feeds the crowd of 5000 from the five barley loaves and the two fish and he has walked across the lake to join His disciples, the crowds find Him. The following verses could very easily apply to us today as they did to the Jews then. This is because many of us are trying to confirm and define God through our circumstances and religious doctrine instead of through the intimacy of relationship.
Let’s pick up in John 6:26-33 in the New Living Translation.
Jesus replied, "The truth is you want to be with Me because I fed you, not because you saw the miraculous sign. But you shouldn't be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Son of Man, can give you. For God the Father has sent me for that very purpose."
They replied, "What does God want us to do?"Jesus told them, "This is what God wants you to do: Believe in the One He has sent."
They replied, "You must show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What will you do for us? After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! As the Scriptures say, 'Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.' "
Jesus said, "I assure you, Moses didn't give them bread from heaven. My Father did. And now He offers you the true bread from heaven. The true bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
When we are given eternal life, we are living life in an intimate and personal relationship with our God. What Jesus has done for us is to start our ability to live life eternally with God the moment the Holy Spirit introduces us to Him. We do not have to wait to go to heaven before this happens.
When we begin to live this way we are calling heaven down to earth. The challenge we all face is letting go of how we think our life should work out or things should be. As we mature in our ability to keep God in the center of all that we do, we are doing better at living life God's way instead of our way and asking God to bless it.
The more we are able to surrender of ourselves, the more we will experience true freedom, a level of joy, true happiness, and a sense of fulfillment that exceeds our greatest expectations. This is the peace of God that passes all understanding and we are resting in the Promise Maker instead of just standing on His promises.
Our surrender of self is a lifelong process, so do not be discouraged. God is not in a hurry or impatient with us. Even the Apostle Paul, as knowledgeable and spiritually mature as he was, did not consider of himself that he had arrived. We just have to remember it is the journey that is valuable to us, not the destination.
This is a lifelong adventure that will never be equaled by any other.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?