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Me & My Big Mouth Day 3

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Scripture: John 6:38-45  For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.  And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day.  For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”

 Then the people began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”  They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know his father and mother. How can he say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

But Jesus replied, Stop complaining about what I said. For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.  As it is written in the Scriptures ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.

Devotional: Have you ever observed that people often complain about that which they do not understand?  Certainly that could be said of the people in this passage.  They simply couldn’t understand how Jesus could have come from heaven if he was Joseph’s son, and they began to complain and murmur in disagreement at His teaching.

Don’t we often do the same?  If we don’t understand something, or it doesn’t gel with what we think ought to happen, or the way we think things should be done, it comes so naturally to complain.  But we can learn something significant from this passage.  The complaining and murmuring of these people could have very well prevented them from receiving the good news of salvation that Jesus was coming to proclaim.  Many may have missed that the Messiah, one whom they had waited upon for centuries, who was now in their midst!  Big mistake. And one with an eternal consequence.

Reflect:

  • What about you? When you don’t understand something, is it your inclination to complain? If so, what purpose could that possibly serve?
  • Consider what other options you have when you lack understanding in a situation. How might you seek clarity rather than complaining?