What Jesus Did! 'The One Thing' — John 6:28-29

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The people asked Jesus, "What are the things God wants us to do?" Jesus answered, "The work God wants you to do is this: to believe in the One that God sent."
— John 6:28-29
Illustration of John 6:28-29 — The people asked Jesus, "What are the things God wants us to do?" Jesus answered, "The work God wants you to do is this: to believe in the One that God sent."

Key Thought

What does God want us to do? What is the work that endures to eternal life? What matters most in the scope of all other things? Believe that he sent Jesus to be our Savior.

Today's Prayer

Dear God, my Father, please stir me to live with my faith in Jesus as THE most important thing in my life. Help me to know how to better discern and to more fully integrate all the other significant things into my life. May Jesus be the center of my life, my hope, and my faith. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The next day came. Some people had stayed on the other side of the lake. These people knew that Jesus did not go with his followers in the boat. The people knew that Jesus' followers had left in the boat alone. And they knew that it was the only boat that was there. But then some boats from Tiberias came. The boats landed near the place where the people had eaten {the day before}. This was where they had eaten the bread after the Lord (Jesus) gave thanks. The people saw that Jesus and his followers were not there now. So the people got into the boats and went to Capernaum. They wanted to find Jesus. The people found Jesus on the other side of the lake. They asked Jesus, "Teacher, when did you come here?" Jesus answered, "Why are you looking for me? Are you looking for me because you saw me do miracles that prove my power? No! I tell you the truth. You are looking for me because you ate the bread and you were satisfied (full). Earthly food spoils and ruins. So don't work to get that kind of food. But work to get the food that stays good always and gives you life forever. The Son of Man will give you that food. God the Father showed that he is with the Son of Man." The people asked Jesus, "What are the things God wants us to do?" Jesus answered, "The work God wants you to do is this: to believe in the One that God sent." So the people asked, "What miracle will you do to prove {that you are the One God sent}? If we can see you do a miracle, then we will believe you. What will you do? Our fathers (ancestors) ate the manna (food) God gave them in the desert. This is written in the Scriptures : 'God gave them bread from heaven to eat.' " Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. Moses was not the one that gave your people bread from heaven. But my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. What is the bread of God? God's bread is the One that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." The people said, "Sir, give us this bread always." Then Jesus said, "I am the breadthat gives life. The person that comes to me will never be hungry. The person that believes in me will never be thirsty. I told you before that you have seen me, and still you don't believe. The Father gives me my people. Every one of those people will come to me. I will always accept every person that comes to me. I came down from heaven to do what God wants me to do. I did not come to do what I want to do. I must not lose any person that God has given me. But I must raise up those people on the last day. This is what the One who sent me wants me to do. Every person that sees the Son and believes in him has life forever. I will raise up that person on the last day. This is what my Father wants."

John 6:22-40

Related Scripture Readings

This is what God told us: God has given us eternal life. And this eternal life is in his Son (Jesus). The person who has the Son has {true} life. But the person who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write this letter to you people who believe in the Son of God. I write so that you will know that you have eternal life now.

1 John 5:11-13

Even if I am able to trust in myself, still I don't trust in myself. If any other person thinks that he has a reason to trust in himself, then he should know that I have a greater reason for trusting in myself. I was circumcised eight days after my birth. I am from the people of Israel and the family group of Benjamin. I am a Hebrew (Jew), and my parents were Hebrews. The law {of Moses} was very important to me. That is why I became a Pharisee. I was so excited {about my Jewish religion} that I persecuted the church (the believers). No person could find fault with the way I always obeyed the law {of Moses}. At one time all these things were important to me. But I decided that those things are worth nothing because of Christ. Not only those things, but now I think that all things are worth nothing compared with the greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Christ, I lost all those things {I thought were important}. And now I know that all those things are worthless trash. This allows me to have Christ. It allows me to be in Christ. In Christ I am right with God, and this being right does not come from my following the law. It comes from God through faith. God uses my faith in Christ to make me right with him.

Philippians 3:4-9

I don't care about my own life. The most important thing is that I finish my work. I want to finish the work that the Lord Jesus gave me to do—to tell people the Good News about God's grace (kindness).

Acts 20:24

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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