Walking on Water
Walking on Water – John 6:15
15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
He always fled when they wanted to make Him King, and presented Himself when they wanted to crucify Him.
16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them.
18 Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.
19 So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. 20 But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.
22 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone—23 however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks—24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”
26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
Do not commit your life’s goal for the things of this life which perish, but strive for that which endures unto eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God has set His seal on Him.
The Father has placed His mark of ownership and authority on His Son, the Lord Jesus, who has come to give eternal life to all who will believe and obey Him.
28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
The only good work a sinner can do is to confess his sins and receive Christ as Lord and Savior.
But this is not God’s order. God says to sinners, “If you believe, then you will see.” Faith must always come first. They felt they could do something to deserve eternal life, only believe.
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” No good works, no religion, no sincere belief will save you, only faith in Jesus Christ.
30 So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?
31 “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’ ”
32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.
33 “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”
“He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” They implied that Moses called down food from heaven; the Lord was not as great as Moses, because He had only multiplied existing food!
First of all, it was not Moses who gave them the manna, but God. Moreover, the manna was not the true spiritual bread from heaven. it had no value beyond this life.
34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”
The Lord Jesus revealed Himself as the bread of God which came down from heaven and gives life. He was showing the superiority of the bread of God to the manna in the wilderness, they were still thinking in terms of a literal loaf. Unfortunately, there was no real faith in their hearts.
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. 36 “But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.
He is the bread of life. Those who come to Him find enough in Him to satisfy their spiritual hunger forever. Those who believe on Him find their thirst forever quenched.
I am making a claim to equality with Jehovah. they had seen Him—the greatest sign of all—and yet they did not believe, it was doubtful that any sign He would perform would convince them.
37 “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. 38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
God has given certain ones to Christ and that all those whom He has given will be saved. If anyone is saved, it is because of the free grace of God. But if anyone perishes forever, it is his own fault. All men are condemned by their own sinfulness and wickedness.
39 “This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. 40 “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
“I have come down from heaven” to carry out the will of His Father. His own will was in perfect agreement with the will of God. The last day refers to the day when the Lord Jesus will come in the air, when the dead in Christ will rise first, when the living believers will be changed, and when all will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, to be forever with the Lord. To the Jews, it meant the coming of the Messiah in glory.
God’s will is that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life, with the eyes of faith.
Those who refuse to accept the Lord Jesus as the Son of God who came into the world through the womb of the virgin find themselves compelled to deny all the great truths concerning the Person and work of Christ.
41 Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?”
43 Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.
44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. 45 “It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
No man could come to Him unless the Father drew him, “And they shall all be taught by God.” He speaks to their hearts through the teaching of His precious Word. All those who are taught by God are taught about the Lord Jesus Christ because God’s teaching has Christ Himself as its grand Subject, whoever believes in Him has everlasting life.
46 “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48 “I am the bread of life. 49 “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 “This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”
Eat of Him means to believe on Him. When we trust the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we appropriate Him by faith. We partake of the benefits of His Person and of His work. Augustine said, “Believe and you have eaten.”
“The bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
Their thoughts were unable to rise above the things of this life. They did not realize that the Lord Jesus was using physical things to teach spiritual truths.
Their thoughts were unable to rise above the things of this life. They did not realize that the Lord Jesus was using physical things to teach spiritual truths. make Him our very own. To eat His flesh and to drink His blood is to believe on Him. All who believe on Him will be raised up at the last day.
When we eat literal food, we take it into our very being; and it becomes a part of us. When we accept the Lord Jesus as our Redeemer, He comes into our lives to abide, and we, too, abide (continually dwell) in Him.
52 Then the evil people began to argue among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
53 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, you must eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood. Otherwise, you won’t have real life in you. 54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day. 55 My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me, and I live in them. 57 The living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father. So whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 I am not like the bread your ancestors ate. They ate that bread and still died. I am the bread that came down from heaven, and whoever eats this bread will live forever.” 59 Jesus said all these things while he was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
It was not so much that it was hard for them to understand, as that it was distasteful for them to receive. “Who can stand and listen to such offensive doctrine?” They were repulsed by His teaching.
Flesh cannot give life; only the Spirit can do this. the words that He spoke were spirit and they were life; when His sayings about eating His flesh and drinking His blood were understood in a spiritual way, as meaning belief in Him, then those who accepted the message would receive eternal life,
These sayings of the Lord Jesus proved so distasteful to many who had followed Him that they now left Him and were no longer willing to associate with Him. These disciples were never true believers.
60 When the followers of Jesus heard this, many of them said, “This teaching is hard. Who can accept it?”
61 Knowing that his followers were complaining about this, Jesus said, “Does this teaching bother you? 62 Then will it also bother you to see the Son of Man going back to the place where he came from? 63 It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh doesn’t give life. The words I told you are spirit, and they give life. 64 But some of you don’t believe.” (Jesus knew from the beginning who did not believe and who would turn against him.) 65 Jesus said, “That is the reason I said, ‘If the Father does not bring a person to me, that one cannot come.’ ”
66 After Jesus said this, many of his followers left him and stopped following him. 67 Jesus asked the twelve followers, “Do you want to leave, too?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, who would we go to? You have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe and know that you are the Holy One from God.” 70 Then Jesus answered, “I chose all twelve of you, but one of you is a devil.”
Peter’s answer is worthy of note. He said in effect, “Lord, how could we leave You? You teach the doctrines which lead to eternal life. If we leave You, there is no one else to whom we could go. To leave You would be to seal our doom.” First of all, they had put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and then they came to know that He was indeed all that He professed to be.
Rejection of the truth results in judicial blindness. Because they would not see, they came to the place where they could not see.
What About You? Have you come to see and understand Jesus is all you need for salvation and eternal life? If not, you can do that right now, right where you are. Just confess to the Lord you are a sinner, sorry for your sin. Confess you believe Jesus died for your sin, and rose again for your slavation. Ask the Lord to forgive your sin and take control of your life, and make you who He wants you to be. This is a prayer He is has promised to answer.
When He does, you wil find out that is exactly what you have been needing and wanted to give meaning and purpose for your life.
May the Lord Bless you and Keep you, and give you His peace.