Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Expected Prophet - Lent 2016

Living Bread ~ Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35    

During this season of reflections and renewal, join me in exploring the Bread of Life. When we encounter Jesus Christ, this Living Bread feeds, satisfies, and transforms us. Come on this journey and remember this True Bread “is broken for you”. ~ Donna Oswalt

When the people saw this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” Jesus saw that they were ready to…make Him king, so He went higher into the hills alone. John 6:14-15 NLT

Scripture tells us Passover, the feast of the Jews, is near (John 6:4). With the Feast of Unleavened Bread possibly on their minds, the people might be remembering God’s provision when He rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt. (Exodus 12) In this annual celebration, bread becomes a focus point; the bread, having been made without yeast as Israel flees Egypt with haste, serves as a reminder that God has a plan and provides for His people. Perhaps conversations evolve and passions multiply, until the people begin to believe this Prophet, like Moses before, will be the one to rescue them from the Romans.

For centuries before, through abundance and famine, Israel has looked for the Messiah but frequently thinks this would mean a political ruler. When this great crowd of people recognizes the miracles of Jesus - the compassion, the healings, the feeding – they believe Jesus to be the expected Prophet! They desperately desire a king who can save them from Roman oppression. They misunderstand. How frequently does our human perspective try to limit God’s provision? God’s plan is older than time, and He knows the greatest need. Jesus becomes God’s provision of everlasting hope!

Prophet and Priest and King, forgive my shortsightedness, my urge to rush ahead, my failure to simply be thankful for Your generous provision. Lord, always give us this bread.” – dho

Focus Point: Jesus becomes God’s provision of everlasting hope!

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