John Lesson 8 Day 2

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John Lesson 8 Day 2

Study of John 6:1-5

Chronological outline of John’s Gospel:

Introduction and the first year of Jesus’ ministry – John 1-5
One day in Galilee – John 6
Last six months of ministry – John 7-21

3. John 6:4 The third Passover since John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

The previous Passover, the Jewish leaders tried to kill Jesus because He “broke the Sabbath” and called God his own Father. (John 5:18)

Several other events could have influenced Jesus’ delay in attending this Passover feast.

  • Herod had John the Baptist beheaded at the request of his granddaughter. Matthew 14:10
  • Herod, the “bloody tyrant” desired to see Jesus. (MacLaren) Luke 23:8
  • The twelve disciples needed rest following their two by two ministry journey. Mark 6:7
  • Jewish hostility toward Jesus.
  • Large crowds following Jesus.
  • Jesus always did what pleased His Father. (John 8:28-29)

He didn’t get in a hurry. It didn’t matter how hostile the crowds were. He could pass miraculously through them if necessary. (Luke 4:28-30)

4. Jesus shows the Father’s heart.

He is moved with compassion for His disciples and the crowds.

Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”

(Mark 6:31 NLT) Jesus knew that He and His disciples needed a time of physical and spiritual refreshing—rest, nourishment, and time alone together.
Their time alone was limited to the boat ride across the Galilee because the crowd was already waiting for them when they arrived.
(The trip took 1 to 3 hours depending on the crossing’s location and the time of year.)

Serving others

I find it hard to say no. Sometimes saying no is the right thing to do. A wise friend recently suggested, “always ask the Lord, is this my assignment?”
It’s good to know Jesus has compassion on our human frailty.

This passage has at least two important lessons:
Make rest and time alone with Jesus a priority.
Be compassionate when an assignment interrupts our plans.