Studies In The Book Of John
John 6:15 – “When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.”
A. Jesus knew what was on the minds of those around Him (Matthew 12:22-25 and John 2:24-25).
1. Jesus is God (Matthew 1:23 and Romans 9:1-5).
2. God knows our hearts/thoughts (Jeremiah 17:10, Jeremiah 23:24, and Hebrews 4:13).
B. They wanted Jesus to be their earthly king (Acts 1:4-6).
1. Jesus is the King they should’ve been looking for (Zechariah 9:9; cf. Matthew 21:5-11).
2. Jesus was never intended to be an earthly king (John 18:36 and II Timothy 4:18).
a. He was to take the throne of David (Luke 1:32).
b. That throne was/is in Heaven (Acts 2:29-36; cf. Psalms 110:1).
3. Since prophecies were not always easy to understand (Colossians 1:25-27 and I Peter 1:9-12), we can understand their confusion (Isaiah 9:6-7 and Daniel 7:14).
C. Jesus sometimes chose to depart from the presence of people (Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35, Mark 6:46, and Luke 6:12).
1. Though Jesus was apart from man, He was never alone (John 8:29 and John 16:32).
2. For things such as prayer, it is good to get away to focus (Matthew 6:6).
John 6:16-21 – “(16) And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, (17) And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. (18) And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. (19) So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. (20) But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. (21) Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.”
A. When the Lord had work for His disciples to do, no storm was going to prevent them from continuing on (Acts 27:21-25). * Note: In the miraculous age (Mark 16:20).
1. If Jesus were with them, He could calm the storm (Psalms 107:24-25 and Matthew 8:23-27).
2. Jesus will not always be physically at the side of His disciples (John 14:25-30 and John 16:16-22).
B. Notice another account: Matthew 14:22-33.
1. They didn’t see Jesus for who He was (Luke 24:13-35).
2. When Peter took a step of faith, he couldn’t walk the rest of the way by faith (II Corinthians 5:7, Hebrews 10:23, and James 1:8).
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