"It is not the body that gives a person life. It is the spirit that gives life. The things I told you are spirit. And so these things give life. But some of you don't believe." (Jesus knew the people that did not believe. Jesus knew this from the beginning. And Jesus knew the person that would turn against him.) Jesus said, "That is why I said, 'If the Father does not let a person come to me, then that person cannot come.'" After Jesus said these things, many of his followers left him. They stopped following Jesus.
— John 6:63-66 NLT
The Bible opens with the creative and life-giving power of God's word revealed: he speaks and order is formed out of chaos and life out of inanimate dust. His Spirit hovers and fills his precious human creations, and they have life! Jesus claims to have this same creative and life-giving power in his words. His words bring life. His words set loose the holy wind of heaven and the Spirit brings life to those who are dead. The people of Jesus' day couldn't handle such powerful claims, especially on the heels of such demanding and hard teaching. The story begins with them wanting to make him king, but he will not be king on their terms. He calls them to follow him as heaven's King, but most cannot accept that and turn away. Will you? Is Jesus the King of your life or do you want him to just be another religious "king" you can control on your own terms?
Father, I confess that I sometimes try to make Jesus into the kind of messiah, the kind of king, that I want him to be. Please forgive me! I want to honor him as you want him honored. I want to hear his words and be changed. I want to receive the Spirit he has promised and be transformed. I really do want Jesus to be my King. I confess this, and ask for your power and grace, in the name of Jesus, my Lord and King. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Genesis 1:26-27, 31
- Genesis 2:4-7
- 1 Corinthians 15:45
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.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.