Following Jesus

John 5:26 – Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not bvecaue ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

 

Are you following Jesus because of what you get from Him?

Are you following Jesus because of what He can give to you?

This two questions are different, but they sound almost alike.

Give the story of why these people were following Jesus – because they had to eat.

They should have sought Jesus because they saw the miracles.  Not just to see another miracle, but because the miracles showed the power of God.  The miracles showed that Jesus was the Christ.

Matthew 9:1-6 - And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. 2  And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 3  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 4  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 5  For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

Look at the two questions again:

Are you following Jesus because of what you get from Him?

Are you following Jesus because of what He can give to you?

Are you a sinner in need of what Jesus can give you, or are you satisfied in your sinfulness?

Do you want to get rid of your sins, or do you want to keep them.

Do you know that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness.

Matthew 9:20-22 - And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 21  For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 22  But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.  There might have been other sick folk there, but the only ones who were healed were those that came to Christ, realizing they needed healing and received their health from God Almighty. The great thing about this story is that the woman with the issue of blood was healed while Christ was going to heal the daughter of Jarius, a ruler of the synagogue.  It is a great thing to realize that a ruler of the synagogue went against all the pressures of other rulers when it came to the life of his precious daughter. The little girl was at the point of death, which means that Jarius, the ruler, had exhausted every other avenue of help.  The girl died before Jesus got there, but that didn’t stop Jesus from healing her, because Jesus is able to give life, not just health.,

The publican and the Pharisee – Luke 18:9-14 - And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10  Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.