Dear John

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44

26 Jesus replied, “I assure you that you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate all the food you wanted.27 Don’t work for the food that doesn’t last but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Human One will give you. God the Father has confirmed him as his agent to give life.”

28 They asked, “What must we do in order to accomplish what God requires?”

29 Jesus replied, “This is what God requires, that you believe in him whom God sent.”

30 They asked, “What miraculous sign will you do, that we can see and believe you? What will you do?” (John 6:26:30, Common English Bible)

Dear John,

When I read the passage above a few minutes ago, the first thing I thought of was how patient and understanding Jesus was, well, I guess he still is. When you penned your story of his life, I am sure you had plenty to say. But, I for one, am glad you left some of these stories in to show us that patience and understanding. At least to me, it shows there is still hope for some of us, like me, who really need it.

When I started reading today’s lesson John, I thought, “Wasn’t it just yesterday that I read your account of how Jesus fed 5000 men plus women and children from one little boy’s lunch?” And now, those same people who got to participate in such a great miracle, turn around and say to Jesus, “What miraculous sign will you do, that we can see and believe you? What will you do?”

Really? Could they have a better sign than the way that empty place around their middle got filled? If I remember right, after reading Matthew’s, Mark’s, and Luke’s accounting of the same story, some of you guys wanted to send them home so they could get something to eat. Instead, Jesus decided to feed them in what may have been the biggest free meal in history. John, did somebody call the folks at Guinness to get the world record documented? I’m just kidding John. First, Guinness wasn’t around yet. But, more importantly, Jesus didn’t get into all that stuff.

John, what all this really makes me think about is, how often do I fail to recognize what Jesus does for me and then, in essence, say, “Jesus, what have you done for me lately?” I feel pretty certain those who gathered around Jesus that day wanting to know what great sign he might do so they could believe, wouldn’t have acknowledged they were asking what have you done for me lately, but they were.

I also feel pretty sure Jesus gets tired of hearing me say things that demonstrate way too much of the time, I lack faith in what I just saw a day or two or even a minute or two before.

I did notice, even if those in the crowd didn’t, that Jesus actually knew what was on their mind, more free food. It is a little like when Jesus was telling the woman at the well he could give her living water and she would never thirst. She didn’t get the idea that living water would keep her from spiritual thirst. She wanted to avoid that trip the well.

I did think about Jesus wasting his breath because what he said flew right over the heads of those around him that day. But, it wasn’t a waste of breath, was it John? No, it wasn’t a waste of breath because you preserved those words for all of history. You made sure we all knew what Jesus spent three years teaching you and the others. God is always at work. We can see the evidence if only we will look and pay attention. Thanks for that reminder, John.

Well, John, it is time for me to go out and do some other things. You know, places to go, things to do, and people to see. Maybe, as I go through my day today, I will have the opportunity to remember what Jesus has done for me instead of asking, what have you done for me lately.

I will try to write again soon John.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

And all of you out there, have a blessed day in the Lord.

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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