Summary: From this text we are given a chance to see what the people were expecting from Jesus.
INTRO: From this text we are given a chance to see what the people were expecting from Jesus. Early in chapter 6 Jesus had feed a multitude with only five loaves and two fishes, and after the multitude was filled they among themselves spoke of making Jesus there King to protect them and always fill them with those things there bodies desire. Just like when Moses prayed manna from Heaven and the people were always feed every day they were in the wilderness and all things were taking care of for them so that they had to do nothing. But from the text that I just read these that were following were doing so because they were lazy and wanted Him to do it all for them. He admonished them for hungering after the bread that fills there stomachs and not there spirit.
I. Now this causes me to ask you here tonight; WHY ARE YOU HERE?
A. From the text we see that the people only wanted those things that were worldly rather than Heavenly. The Bible tells us in Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. So again I ask WHY ARE YOU HERE?
1. Are you here because you wanted to see a show? Maybe to see the man of God and what he is going to do during this time of revival. Is he a preacher or an entertainer for you? I’m not here to entertain but just as Paul told the church of the Thessalonians in 1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
2. Or are you here because you look to see what God is going to do through out the service and into the alter call. Maybe the only time you seem to be spiritual is when the fastest song is played and the preacher screams and spits on you. But in Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
3. Or maybe you’re here tonight just to make someone happy. The only reason you came is because of a spouse or relative or even to just see a friend and talk. But the word again addresses this in Galatians 1:10 ¶ For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
B. Maybe your not here for those things but…
1. You’re here because you come to be in the presents of the Lord. You want to see Him and hear from Him. In Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
2. Maybe you’re here because you want to praise the Lord and magnify Him for all He has done for you. You are like what the psalmist David described in Psalms 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
3. Maybe you’re here because you want to please God. You love Him so much that it is an honor to be able to come into His house and praise Him. Seeking to do His will. In Psalms 18:2 The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, [and] my high tower. God is your all in all He is your great IAM cause you know with God all things are possible. Just like Enoch in Hebrews 11:5 you want to have this testimony that you please God.
II. With these questions asked I must know ask, “What are you hungry for?”
A. Are hungering for the things of the world like the Jews in the text.
1. Is it the pride of life you want, the lust of the eye, lust of the flesh, what in this world are you wanting? These things are of the flesh and when Jesus would not give them those things they left Him. In Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
B. If not the world and the things in it then it must be the things of the spirit you are carving for. Galatians 5:16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.