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No Free Lunch

Perceiving then that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him King, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by Himself
John 6:1-15

Sermon Topic Poor in Spirit

Sermon Week Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 6:15


When Jesus paraded into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the people who cheered Him along the way regarded the event as a royal procession. They expected Jesus to ride into town, declare Himself the King and start the long-awaited revolution against the Roman government. When He refused to do so, the crowds turned against Him, enabling the religious authorities to engineer His arrest, His trial, His torture and His execution.

Jesus' refusal to be the King the people expected Him to be and wanted Him to be is a recurring theme of the Gospels from the very beginning of His public ministry. When Jesus was tempted in the desert, the whole issue for Him was whether or not to become King. He lived in a time of political turmoil when the people were hoping and praying for a powerful leader, a strong king. And the temptation that came to Jesus was to be that King. The devil urged Jesus to demonstrate His mighty power in ways that would excite and dazzle the people to the point where they would rally 'round Him and declare Him their King. But one-by-one, Jesus said "No!" to the temptations that came. He would not be that kind of King.

When Peter first recognized Jesus as the Messiah, Jesus began to tell Him of the suffering and death that was to come. Peter said, "No! This will never happen to you, Lord." Peter was saying, "You're the King. You're going to be our political and military leader. This is what we expect of You." And Jesus rebuked Him saying, "Get behind Me, you Satan."

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus satisfies the hunger of five thousand people with only a few loaves of bread and two fish. And after the people had eaten their fill there was enough food left over to fill twelve baskets. John tells us that "When the people saw the sign which He had done, they said, 'This is indeed the Prophet who is come into the world.'" Jesus then perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to [...]

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