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THE ALL SUFFICIENT BREAD OF LIFE (PART 7)

WHAT KIND OF KING IS YOUR JESUS?


https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/91/be/0e/91be0e294ed256739f43d92666d2927a.jpgJohn 6:14-15 (ESV) 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” 15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.”


Introduction:

For the past 6 sermons we have looked at the miracle where Jesus took 5 barely loaves and 2 fish and fed somewhere between 15-20,000 people.  According to the Scriptures there were 5,000 men fed, besides the women and children.

 

This miracle was undeniable. This was not just providence. I hear of too many believers who experience God’s providence and then they shout ‘miracle’. You must distinguish between the two. A favourite question in some circles you will often hear is “have you experienced your miracle today,” so when I need a plane to leave late and it is delayed I shout “miracle”. That is not a miracle, it is not even proven providence even though I thank God for it.  A miracle is supernatural and without question a work of God that cannot happen naturally. At times it is not even God’s providence especially for you, even though you declare your gratefulness. I remember two guys we had in a previous church. The one would pray that it should not rain, as he was into forestry and needed to get his equipment into the forests. The other brother was a farmer and he needed rain. So whether it rained or not, one of them thanked God. Rain, is God’s providence, but it is not a miracle, unless God supernaturally intervenes and it is not specifically providence to favour one.

 

The story before us however is clearly a miracle, it is a creative miracle performed before the eyes of app. 15 - 20 000 witnesses. He had the entire multitude recline on the grass and before all of their eyes he took a boy’s small provisions and lifted up His eyes to heaven and blessed it and thanked the Father for it.  The result was that everyone knew what Jesus started out with, so that when they all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up 12 baskets full of fragments left over, no one could deny that a great miracle had occurred. It was not like some of the miracle workers on TV or You Tube that you watch and they claim miracle after miracle but you see nothing happening.

 

Jesus did all of this, and John the apostle recorded all of this, so that the readers of this book would come to know who Jesus of Nazareth really was, and really is, and that by believing in His name, they would have life everlasting. Now in my last sermon we learned some lessons by observing the way that Jesus dealt with His disciples.

 

Today I want to look at verse 14&15 and look at the response of the multitude to this miracle, the response of Christ to the multitude and then we need to ask a few questions about our response.

 

Point 1. The response of the multitude

The result of the miracle was that people made a connection with what they had read in the Old Testament scriptures and what they had just seen and experienced.  John 6:14 (ESV) 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”

Now where would they get this from? Surely they would remember Moses in the desert and how God through him provided manna from heaven and the subsequent verse recorded in Deuteronomy 18:15 (ESV) 15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—“. They must have understood this prophet to be the Messiah as well, because the Bible tells us here that Jesus perceived that they were about to make Him King by force because verse 15 says: 15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.”

 

So that the crowd understood that the Messiah was going to be like what they had seen in this man, Moses. They understood that He would be like Moses, in the sense that Moses was a deliverer and God took care of the people as they followed Moses.  God spoke to Moses and Moses to the people, and so they heard the teaching of Jesus and saw in Him what they saw in the scriptures regarding the one who was to come.  They connected the signs to all of this and saw in Him a miracle worker who did things that were undeniable.

 

So they were ready to acknowledge Jesus as a messenger of God. They were ready to acknowledge Jesus as the king of Israel. In fact, they were still ready to do this when Jesus made His entrance into Jerusalem the week He would be crucified. Mark 11:9-10 (ESV) 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

The people of Israel were looking for an immediate kingdom and they were looking for a political kingdom. Luke 19:11 (ESV) 11 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately.”

 

How would Jesus respond to this?

 

Point 2. The response of Jesus (Verse 15)

 

Now if Jesus was not God and not the Christ but just a normal man, I believe He would have grabbed the opportunity. But Jesus perceived a stirring in the crowd and He perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force, and to make Him King, and He wasn’t willing to allow this to happen. According to Matthew and Mark He sent His disciples away by boat (Matthew 14:22; Mark 6:45); and He dispersed the crowd (Matthew 14:23; Mark 6:45-46) and withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone. Why?  If Jesus came as the promised King of Israel, and He did, why would He refuse to be followed as King?

 

There might be many more reasons why Jesus refused to be King at this stage but three that are obvious based on a study of Scripture is firstly that their understanding of Jesus was flawed, and secondly their motivation for following Him was flawed and thirdly the kingdom that they wanted is not the kingdom that Jesus came to give. Their response to Him was not a response taught by the Holy of Spirit of God, and was not based on a work of salvation in their lives, but rather was a sinful and purely human response to Him and their circumstances.

2.1 Indicates that their understanding was flawed.

Their understanding of Jesus was totally flawed.

  1. They saw Jesus as a prophet – but they didn’t really hear Him. They did not listen to Him except when it suited them.
  2. They saw Jesus as a king – but they didn’t understand the nature of His kingdom or the requirements for those who would enter that kingdom.
  3. They were thinking in terms of a political deliverer from Rome.
  4. They saw Jesus as a miracle worker, but one who would fill their stomachs, who would heal their diseases, who had the power to lead them in the overthrow of the Roman government.

 

  1. What they didn’t see was Jesus as God, come from heaven, the everlasting bread for the soul, and they didn’t see Him in His role as a priest.
  2. They didn’t see that their true bondage was not to Rome but to Satan and to Sin.
  3. They didn’t see that He came to provide their greatest need which was forgiveness with God and a right standing with God that is provided as a gift.
  4. They didn’t see Jesus as the sin offering.
  5. They didn’t see Jesus as the great high priest who would present before the father the merits of his own life and death.
  6. They didn’t see in Him one who would give His life on a cross as atonement for Sin and that He would be raised 3 days later from the dead.
  7. Their understanding of Jesus wasn’t a saving understanding and the kingdom they envisioned wasn’t the kingdom he came to bring, and so he would not entrust himself to them.

 

We saw this very same thing happen in John 2 when Jesus performed the miracle and the people wanted to entrust themselves to Him. John 2:23-24 (ESV) 23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people”

 

2.2 Indicates that their motivation was flawed.

When you have a wrong understanding of Christ the way you approach Him will be flawed as well. You know that you can never approach Jesus in a right way until you understand Him in a right way? We saw it in their day; you see it in our day. There are many people who talk of Christ and believe in Christ and proclaim Christ, but when you dig under the surface you will understand that they are not talking about the Biblical Christ.  You see it amongst the Jews and you can draw lines through today.

 

How was their motivation flawed?

Firstly: They would be in control. They would take Him by force and make Him King. Secondly: they would be the ones to make Him King. They acted as if the throne of David was theirs to give. They did not understand that all authority was His as Daniel saw in his vision in Daniel 7:13-14 (ESV) 13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”

 

Thirdly: They would need no change. There is no awareness on their part of any need for repentance, any need to trust in Jesus as Lord and Saviour.  They would take Jesus and USE HIM to accomplish what they wanted. The crowd’s statement made immediately after Jesus had healed their sick and filled their stomachs, revealed what the people were really looking for in a Messiah.  They wanted an earthly deliverer, one who would meet all their physical needs – and food and health were at the top of the list – as well as freeing them from the hated yoke of Roman oppression, but they would need no change.

Fourthly: They would take him on their terms. This would become apparent only a short time later in verse 22-41 when they began to be offended on the next day by what Jesus was saying. It is even proven eventually by his death. The very ones who cried “Hosanna” when He made His entrance into Jerusalem also shouted “crucify Him” later in that very same week. They were fickle followers, selfish followers, unchanged followers, who would USE Jesus for their own chosen ends. They wanted to use Him. They didn’t come to Him to be used BY HIM, they were going to take Him and make Him king by force, so that they could use Him.  There was the Roman yoke and there was this miraculous Jesus.  He had these miraculous powers.  “Why don’t we get Him on our side and get Him to help us drive out the Romans?”

 

2.3 Indicates that they had the wrong Kingdom in mind.

I’ve made a statement about this a few times already. We must however never forget the words of Jesus Christ when He said in John 18:36 (ESV) “36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

 

Point 3. Our response today.

Does this have anything to do with us this morning?  Indeed it does. There are a few lessons for us to learn and I want to challenge you this morning to search your own heart regarding the Christ that you claim to serve.


3.1 Jesus does not accept just any kind of allegiance.

I am not sure if all of us here today know the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour. But most of those gathered here today have gathered because you profess some kind of belief in Jesus, some kind of desire for Him, some kind of allegiance to Him. Does your profession of allegiance mean that you have a saving relationship to Jesus?  Does He accept and give Himself to just anyone who comes to Him professing that they want Him for some purpose? These verses say he doesn’t, don’t they? These people were willing to have Jesus as their King, but Jesus wasn’t willing to be their kind of king.

 

3.2 Jesus only accepts those who come to Him for who He truly is.

3.2.1 We must come to him with a right understanding

He is God come to earth.

He came to save sinners from their sins.

Did He come to save someone like you?  Are you a sinner in need of saving?

  1. He accomplished everything the bible says He accomplished.
  2. He lived a perfect life
  3. He died on a cross as a substitute
  4. He was raised from the dead bodily
  5. He appeared to many disciples afterward
  6. He ascended to heaven and has sat down having accomplished redemption
  7. He offers Himself to the world through the preaching of the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit

He came to save sinners who will look to Him in faith

  1. Faith requires facts
  2. Faith is more than just a knowledge of facts
  3. Faith is known by:
    1. i.            Humility
    2. ii.            Sorrow over sin
    3. iii.            Turning from sin
    4. iv.            Treasuring Jesus above all things
    5. v.            Trusting in the merits of Christ alone
    6. vi.            Submitting oneself to Him as your God and King
    7. vii.            Preferring eternal treasure to all earthly gain
    8. viii.            Obedience to His commands

If you come to Him in that way, He will save you. John 6:37 (ESV) 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” John 10:28-29 (ESV) 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”


3.2.2 We must come to Him with the right motivation.

Not on our terms but His. Not for him to please us but for us to please him. Not for us to use him but for him to use us. Not for us to control him but for him to take over our life.

Just as it was not their place to make Him King, it is not our place. Too often we hear people saying that “I accepted Jesus as Saviour and then only later I made Him Lord of my life.” There is another statement I often hear when people say that “Jesus was resident in my life but He was not president and later I made Him president”. My friend Jesus is Lord, He is King, He reigns and if He is in your life He is all that He has always been. His status does not change. Our attitude and obedience must. There is no salvation where Jesus is not Lord.

 

I love the way CH Spurgeon put it: He said: “He is not only Priest to put away our sin, but Prophet to remove our ignorance, and King to subdue our rebellions. If as Priest he purges the conscience, as Prophet he must direct the intellect, and as King he must rule the life.” Tell me, is your motive for following Jesus the right motive. Do you simply love Him for what you can get out of Him?

 

So in closing, what kind of King is your Jesus. Is he one that you have installed based on your power, your theology, your standards, one who is like the King on the chessboard that you can move around at your command, or are you serving the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the creator of the universe, and His wish is your command because He is Lord and He is King of His Kingdom and He will reign forever.

 

Amen!

Soli Deo Gloria

Logos Community Church: - 30 August 2015