Beyond the Weekend

July 17 | The Setting

July 17, 2019


After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”  John 6:14

Read: John 6:1-15

Listen: John 6


John drops hints throughout his account of this story about something bubbling under the surface. Where the story takes place is a hotbed of political activity. A Jewish group known as “zealots” (who want to overthrow the Romans) started in a town in the region. Thirty years later, they did just that. These people only saw Jesus through the lens of what they wanted. They were reading the signs and saw this as their chance. But Jesus is not a pawn in anyone’s movement. He came to start his own movement.

They only saw Jesus for what they wanted, and often we do the same. We have some ideas of what Jesus should do for us and aren’t too happy when it doesn’t work that way. We pick and choose the teaching of Jesus to follow because we don’t want him to mess with our lives too much. Sometimes we just ignore something he said because we don’t want to stop doing it. Or we think Jesus owes us because of how good we have been or what we’ve done for him.

We don’t follow Jesus to get where we are going. We follow Jesus to get where he is going. If we are still heading to where we are going, likely we aren’t really following Jesus.


Reflect on where you might be dissatisfied with Jesus. Where do you want to go that you feel Jesus has not made happen? Confess that to him and ask him to help you want to go where he is going.

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