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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Jesus – the Omniscient One and Savior -- John 6:14-15

Tucked between the feeding of the 5,000 with bread and meat and Jesus revealing that He is the Bread of life is the story of Jesus walking on water to save His disciples from a great storm that threatened their lives. Bread and meat are symbolic of the Word of God – both the written Word and the Living Word Jesus.  Jesus has fed the hunger of the crowd's physical needs, but Jesus wanted to feed them the Bread of Heaven that will feed their soul and spirit. This Jewish crowd saw the bread and fish that satisfied their physical needs but missed the Person of Jesus as the Word of God who will satisfy their spiritual, eternal needs. The crowd was glad that their belly was filled, but they didn't come to seek Jesus and the Truth. They were impressed with His miracles.
 
 
Jesus said in v27, “Do not labor for food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life which the Son of Man will give to you.” His eternal bread is free but we must labor for it. In other words, study, dig into and search His Word to mine out its rich truths so your soul and spirit will be satisfied. He said in Luke 12:23, “Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.” 1 Corinthians 8:8: “But food (physical) does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we better, or if we do not eat are we worse.” Physical food has no eternal, spiritual benefit. The spiritual food of the Anointed Word of God does. It shows us the character and ways of the Godhead, and also the character and ways of the devil. It also shows us the character and ways of the flesh, and the character and ways of those led by the Holy Spirit of God.
 
After the miracle of the bread multiplying to feed the multitudes, the crowd of Jews wanted to make Jesus king. Jesus told His disciples to go across the Sea of Galilee to the other side. No doubt Jesus feared that His disciples would get caught up in the rebellion to make Him king, so He sent them away to avoid this. The Jews were looking for an earthly kingdom. The Messiah they were looking for would destroy the earthly enemies of earthly Israel and set up His Kingdom in earthly Israel. Two of His Jewish apostles even wanted to sit at the right and left of Jesus in this earthly kingdom. His apostles still hadn't realized that Jesus came to establish a spiritual Kingdom made up of both Jews and Gentiles who would live and reign with Him forever in the eternal New Jerusalem. Their eyes were fixed on the earthly not the spiritual. Even after His resurrection, His Jewish disciples were asking Him if He was going to bring in the kingdom now. (see Acts 1:6) Again, their eyes were on an earthly kingdom and Jesus wanted them to see that it was a spiritual kingdom He would be King over. Even the Pharisees were looking for an earthly kingdom. When they asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus responded, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'there it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21 In other words, it is not material (earthly) or political. It is in the hearts and spirits of those who follow Jesus and His righteousness, grace, love, peace, truth and joy. Jesus even told Pilate that His kingdom was not of this world. He went on to say that if His kingdom was of this world, His servants would fight to prevent His arrest by the Jews. “But now My Kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36 
 

Jesus Withdraws to Commune with the Father
Jesus went to a mountainside alone to pray to His Heavenly Father. While in the high place communing with God, Jesus “sees” His disciples fighting the storm that has come against them in the midst of the sea. Jesus is omniscient which means He sees and knows everything. Omniscience is not restricted to any One of the Godhead – they are all by nature omniscient. They are also omnipresent and omnipotent. Even though Jesus was limited by His flesh body, He was omniscient – all-knowing – because of His close connection to the Father and the Holy Spirit. He had the fullness of the Father and the Holy Spirit within. He showed His omniscience many times as He walked the earth. He had nothing clouding His spiritual vision – no sin.
He knew the thoughts of others. (see Matthew 9:4; 12:25; Mark 2:6-8; Luke 6:8)
  • He knew what people had done in their lives before He met them. (see John 4:18 – woman at the well)
  • He knew Lazarus was dead before anyone told Him. (see John 11:11-15) 
  • He knew Nathanael's life and heart before He ever met Him. (see John 1:47-48)
  • He knew the hearts of the Pharisees, scribes and the wicked. 
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Jesus saw His disciples in their dire situation. He will go to save them.

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