Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. John 6:26
Christ tells the people that they’re following him, not because of his teaching, but because of their stomachs, which they hold dear. They were thinking to themselves, “Jesus is a great teacher for us! He’ll give us freedom. We will all be full and satisfied, getting whatever we want.” In this passage, the Lord reveals what type of followers the gospel will attract. Even today, the gospel attracts people who think it will fill their bellies, satisfy their desires, and help them here in this life.
This idea is so common today that I have almost become tired of preaching and teaching it. People, pretending to be sincere disciples, come to hear a sermon. But under this guise, they come only for personal gain. However, the gospel wasn’t sent from heaven in order to allow people to fill their own bellies, take whatever they want, and do whatever they please. Christ didn’t shed his blood for this purpose!
The gospel proclaims God’s glory and teaches us how to praise the Lord. God wants us to praise him. He wants us to do what pleases him. If we make God’s honor and kingdom our first priority, then not only will he give us life and everything we need in this world, but he will give us eternal life as well.
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Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-centuryEurope. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.
Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.