Read John 6:16-27

 

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.  The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.  

 

When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified.  But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

 

Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

 

The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone.  Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.  

 

So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”

 

Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.  Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”  (NRSV)

 

from Rev. Kevin Bowers – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Weirton

 

            This is not a passage many sermons are written about, yet it is an   excellent passage for Lent. Jesus had just fed the crowd of 5,000 men—not counting women and children—with five loaves of bread and two fish. And the crowd follows Jesus to the next stop. Jesus tells those  following him that they are not interested in anything but their own stomachs.

            We have been shown God’s love and grace in so many ways, but often times we aren’t interested in the miracle of God’s love. We come to God instead as if God were a vending machine to give us all our desires.

            Through Christ we are being offered something much greater and better then a vending machine, but still that’s how most of us relate to God.  In this season of Lent let us reflect on the wonder of grace, mercy and love in our life. Let us come to God in awe and wonder—with praise and thankfulness; not with a wish list of things we want.

 

Dear loving God, far too often we come to you wanting things,

but today we come to you in praise and thanksgiving.

Help us to see you as a God of grace, mercy, love and forgiveness.

We know we should come to you with the desires of our heart,

help us place our heart, first and foremost, on You, in Jesus Name.

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