So Close, Yet So Far Away

John 6:63

 

In John 6 – there are people seeking Christ, but not seeking him spiritually, but physically.  They are looking for a king, not a Saviour. They do not believe they need a Saviour, but they believe they need a king.

 

Verse 5-13 – Those disciples close to Christ, who obey his commands, are challenged as “casual” disciples are never challenged.

 

Verse 16-21 – Those disciples close to Christ, who obey his commands, go through things in the night that “casual” disciples know nothing about.

 

Verse 22-24 – “Casual” disciples are constantly looking for Christ, while faithful disciples know where Jesus is, because he is with them.  Jesus knows those that belong to him, and he knows those that will betray him.

 

Verse 26 – There is a marked difference in following Christ for what you can get out of it, and following Christ because he is the Son of God – our Saviour, Lord, and King.  Christ encourages “casual” disciples to become faithful disciples.

 

“Casual” disciples constantly think only in physical, worldly terms.  Christ constantly directs them to think spiritually, but it is beyond them.

 

Verse 44 – I have heard that we should never preach election to the lost, but Jesus did.  It is important for lost people to understand they must have the drawing of God to be able to come.  It is not wrong for a lost person to pray that God draw them, burden them with their sins, and save them.