x182......Watchers of ministry----How Jesus Dealt with It
26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. 28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? 31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. 37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 41 The Jews then murmured at 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 saith, I came down from heaven? 43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. 59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve. (John 6:26-71, KJV).
In these verses we see a situation in which their are disciples of Jesus who are really not committed to Him. They are following Him because they want to be physically fed--they have seen Him do the miracle of mulitplying the loaves and the fishes, and they are following Him for their own needs and their own good--rather than the full purpose that Jesus is seeking.
The same situation exists in all or most of our churches today. We see and discern that there are many Christians--or all least "people who go to church "--who are continuing in their sin--who are living and speaking sin--people who are not really--or don't seem to be committed to God fully. Of course, sometimes we judge this by church attendance--which is totally wrong to do---church attendance does not give an estimate of a person's commitment to God--neither does the way that they dress--or the "body language" they exhibit when they worship God. In fact it is usually some of the poorest looking and bedraggled Christians who are the most committed to God and are more willing to help you or pray for you when you need it! In fact, the people who sometimes are really not committed to God are in fact the people who sit in the front row of the church and put on a big show!
Our system and ideas of what "church" is, permits people to put on an outward show of church attendance and behavior--while inside they are sinful--they are truthfully uncommited to Jesus. As the people in the verses above--they are following after Jesus to receive some benefit for themselves--and not giving anything back. But our system of church promotes and endorses this concept! Under the system we call "church" it is perfectly fine for someone to show up at church once a week on Sunday morning--pay their tithe--and not pray--not witness- not operate in any other way toward God--to not truly serve God. This is why we see so many alter calls in our churches---we need to ask people to repent and re-repent--and re-re-repent!! (this wastes the time of the people who are living in the grace of God and are being sanctified by the word of God and have an active day to day relationship with all of God ----the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.)
But we see here that Jesus dealt with followers who were not committed in a different way than we do. He tells them that they must work the works of God in order to follow Him. What Jesus is saying is that after one becomes a Christian--they must serve God actively---they cannot--they should not be allowed or encouraged to just "watch" ministry in others. These followers of Jesus were people who were watching--but not serving. (our system today encourages the majority of Christians to be observers of ministry rather than participants--it actually discourages people from active ministry in many ways!!)
When Jesus is says that they must "eat Him as meat and bread"--He is telling them--Jews of that day--that he was to be the sacrifice for sin--the lamb of God--and that to follow Him meant to be someone who eats the sacrifice--to be a priest--to be a minister---
29* And the holy garments of Aaron shall be his sons' after him, to be anointed therein, and to be consecrated in them. 30* And that son that is priest in his stead shall put them on seven days, when he cometh into the tabernacle of the congregation to minister in the holy place. 31 And thou shalt take the ram of the consecration, and seethe his flesh in the holy place. 32 And Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 33* And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy. (Exodus 29: 29-33)
As we see here--the Jews understood that to eat the sacrifice meant to serve God--to be a priest in the earth--the be anointed to minister--to serve God actively. When Jesus says this to these followers--many of them become "offended" at this idea. They arepeople who are used to sitting in the synagogue and watching others (Levites) do the ministry. When they are told that they must also serve God--not just follow after someone who is serving God (Jesus)---they don't like the idea and they leave.
We don't do this in or churches--became we are afraid of losing a tithe--of loosing money--because we are trying to operate the church by money--when the church of the bible was operated by the anointing!! The Bible says it takes people to build God's kingdom---not money!!
But perhaps if we did this--if we actively taught and instructed people that the Bible says in the NT that we all are to serv God-- actively--- together--and we functioned together in this way actively all the time--then those who simply want to go to church and watch would leave!