We Can't Constrain Him

Scripture: John 6:14-15, 35

When the people saw him  do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!”    When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.

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Jesus replied,  “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

Observation:

Jesus disappeared when the people took it into their hearts to constrain Him.  Yet, He promises to provide for us . . . I believe He promised to provide both according to the spirit AND the flesh.

Application: 

I've been in a crash course titled "What Jesus does when you don't limit Him." ;o)  Just like the people He fed in the first part of John 6, I had long constrained Him by what I thought He could do in my life, by my concept of how deity and mortality "should" interact.

The word constrain fits perfectly here. It means not only to force, but to force by limiting the action or power of the object of your force.  Mathematically, it means to set boundaries on the possible outcomes of an equation.  Which is exactly what the people sought to do to Jesus.

The people were wanting to force Jesus to be their King--to stop Him from doing what He had been doing, and to insist His outcome fit into boundaries they set.  And He disappeared.  (Not the result I want in my life.  How about you?)  And yet, later He said that he would provide in boundless generosity to those who believe* in Him.  ". . . never be hungry . . . never be thirsty . . . ". Ummmm, yesplease!!! Jesus is a God of limitless possibilities, His nature infinite.  As soon as we try to bracket Him, He slips away . . . there's no longer room for Him.

*Luke 6:46-49

Prayer:

Jesus, show me when and where and how I, in my ignorant way, constrain You.  Shed your glorious light on my understanding, and show me how to live closer to You, please.  I want You to flow, unrestricted into and through and over and around my life. I never want You to slip away! Amen.

Sweet Healing

S: On that day I will make a covenant with all the wild animals and the birds of the sky and the animals that scurry along the ground so they will not harm you. I will remove all weapons of war from the land, all swords and bows, so you can live unafraid in peace and safety. I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as the Lord. “In that day, I will answer,” says the Lord. “I will answer the sky as it pleads for clouds. And the sky will answer the earth with rain. Then the earth will answer the thirsty cries of the grain, the grapevines, and the olive trees. And they in turn will answer, ‘Jezreel’—‘God plants!’ At that time I will plant a crop of Israelites and raise them for myself. I will show love to those I called ‘Not loved.’ And to those I called ‘Not my people,’ I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’ And they will reply, ‘You are our God!’” (Hosea 2:18-23 NLT)

O: Oh, how our God LONGS for this day! The tenderness and sweet comfort shines through so, so clearly to me. 

A: This is what Jesus wants for each of his people, individually. Each one of us can realize this--can be Israel to Him in our lives. I love how fully infinite Jesus's love is. When you divide infinity, no matter the number, you have infinity left. He loves me--and you--completely and wholly, with everything He has & is. He gave everything He had & was on earth, and still stands waiting to give us everything He has in His Father's kingdom now! And I literally have an audience of One when it comes to my relationship with Him, as do each of us. Complete, whole, and as though I were His only creation.

P: Lord, bless Your children. Let the knowledge of Your love spread to cover the whole earth. Pour out Your love upon those who seek You, and teach them how to shed Your love abroad as healing waters. Show me how to love--fully and unreservedly--so others might come unto You. In Jesus' name, AMEN.