Following Jesus

So now here we are on to a continuation of the Running to Moses series, but the title and the vision have been changed as the focus has been changed from the old and is now on the new. The focus was on how men followed the example of looking to a Moses figure.  Moses was a type of Christ. An example to follow and as described before a calling of others to come close to the Father. But, this figure is viewed in human terms as the example of a mediator standing in the place where Christ is. The excuse, if you will to put someone else to speak for others. Folks, this in essence is anti-christ. Anti means in place of, opposed to, against. If we take this as truth, which I believe it is then the practice of the modern day church has taken the place of and opposed the work of Christ. Yes that is quite the statement. Yes I have seen some good in some institutions. But the reality is that many are fleeing these places because God is opening their eyes to the Truth. He is calling them out.

If we are to see how we are to follow Christ, moving passed the elementary teachings of Salvation in Christ, let us begin our foundation on something He was recorded as saying in the Gospel of John.

30 Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’

32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”

35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:30-40)

Jesus says He is the Bread of Life. He continues on this idea of Him being the bread of life but He adds a new wrinkle so to speak. Let us examine.

41 The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” 42 And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”

53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

Have you ever heard someone say something like “he eats, drinks and breathes sports” or golf or racing”? It means that whatever someone is passionate about they are pouring every ounce of energy into what it is they love and enjoy. So it is with Christ. He is calling us to put every bit of energy we can into living for Him. To be obedient in sharing the Gospel and walking in the Spirit. Christ Himself said “he who feeds on Me will live because of Me”. This idea is further put forth where Christ talk of himself being the vine and we are the branches. For apart from Him we can do nothing.

 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (John 15:1-8)

Again He is speaking of how intertwined our lives are if we are walking in Him. If we study and apply the Scriptures to our life then we are then enabled by the Spirit to walk in Christ Jesus. We become those branches He speaks of. We bear fruit. Naturally. Because of the love He has placed in us for His Truth. Glory to the Father above! For it is true that we cannot do anything of our own will apart from Him. If we are not guided by the Spirit, we are witnessing and acting out of  place and time in ways that are not effective. For He alone knows all things. We do not. We must rely on Him and be cautious and wary to speak and act when we are asked to in the Spirit.

But there is more that the Lord is drawing our attention here. Let us go back to the Gospel of John in chapter 6. Let us look at an important truth. How is it we are drawn to the truth? Jesus said:

37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

There it is. All that the Father has given Him will come to Jesus. But He didn’t stop there. Let’s look again at the following Scriptures.

41 The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” 42 And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God. Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

Verse 44 says that no one comes to Him unless the Father draws them. How does the Father draw us? By the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sins through the law. Then we can see the Grace He has provided through Christ Jesus. Then we can begin to be taught by God Himself. Not by man. What Jesus said in verse 45 is a fulfillment of Isaiah 54:13

All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children.

Even in later Scripture this Truth is confirmed and taught.

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. (IJohn 2:26-27)

Brethren, it is true that God can choose vessels of flesh to at first teach us things of Christ, but we must begin to rely on Christ and develop our relationship with Him on our own. For if we cannot rely on Christ but depend upon others for the Truth, then we may not be building our foundation solidly upon Christ alone. No other man can save us but Christ Himself.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

Let us now begin our journey of learning from Christ Himself. Relying solely upon Him for our needs. For He supplies us from any vessel or way He chooses. If this blog post can be of any encouragement, it is from our Lord and Savior. We must build our foundation in Him alone. It is through the application of Scriptural Truths as He leads and teaches that brings us into obedience. Then the Bride and Body of Christ can then be raised up in perfection for the last day. I will continue this theme of following Christ as He leads. May He lead and encourage you on this narrow path to Life. Blessings in Christ Jesus.

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One Response to Following Jesus

  1. It takes faith to believe the things that Christ teaches us, especially when they conflict with our cultural training and are contrary to our natural disposition.

    It is easy to see whether a believer is putting their faith in God or man, by examining how they are leading their daily lives.

    Of course, we are trained to view ‘church buildings’ as holy places and those who adorn themselves in priestly garments and duties as ‘an elevated class of believers’: and this blinds us to many of the truths that God desires to teach us.

    Will we believe Jesus?

    Peace,

    Mark

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