Day 5 – Feasting of John 5
Today our feast is going to cause us to mature if we can handle the truth. The whole chapter of John 5 is Jesus correcting people. He corrects the man at the pool of Bethesda saying, don’t sin anymore or somehow worse may happen to you (v.14); next He’s correcting the Jews on their unbelief and lack of acceptance of the Son of God. It’s not harsh but it is obvious.
People don’t like correction because they don’t understand it. If we’ve experienced correction as punishment, we fear correction because we think we’ve done something wrong so we are a bad person. Our poor perception of correction has caused us to miss out on the life that comes from correction. Hebrews 12:11 says, “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” The fruit of correction is peace and righteousness.
What correction do we need as the body of Christ? I would purpose we need the John 5:40 correction, “You are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” Jesus corrects the Jews saying, you’ll go to others, you’ll even go to the scriptures, but you won’t come to Me. This is our issue as well. We corporately go to church, we go to conferences, we go to You Tube and Facebook, but we don’t come to Him that we may have life.
Revelation 3:19 – 4:2 of which John wrote that book as well says, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.”
Today as we feast on God’s correction, He is inviting us to come to Him. He’s correcting us up, literally, saying come up here, come near to me. He’s not mad at us, He’s not disappointed with us, He’s not going to ground us, He’s correcting us so He can show us His heart, His nature, His ways, His truth, His love so we can have life, but we, I must come to Him if I’m going to live, if we’re going to know life abundantly. Come to Me, come to Me, I am Life says the Lord and if you come to Me, you will live, really live, come to Me.
2 thoughts on “Come To Me”
Very nice Lisa 🙂
Another component that is captured in John 5 that I feel is SO important, and is a perfect segue from what you expounded on, is in verse 18 “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” And, again in verse 30 “I can of Myself do nothing.”
It is a hard nut for us (I know for me) to crack. The world is all about me, myself and I. I can do this. I got that! I’m on it… The gratifying and humbling thing of the matter is if we believe in Him as we say we do, then we are not of this world; we’re only existing in it. We belong to Him, and we are conforming to His likeness “correction by correction” 🙂 – or glory to glory as Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 3:18.
We truly are not self-sufficient, and we, in Christ, were never meant to be. Just as Jesus needed to “soak” in His Father’s presence and receive one-on-one council occasionally during His earthly sojourn, so must we with Him. Additionally, each and every day we must ensure that our plumb line to Him is straight and not deviate nor be distracted because, we can of ourselves do nothing if we truly believe what we say we believe…
You are absolutely correct and this is probably the most difficult thing for people that are Christians to surrender self to seek first the kingdom. Such a great addition thank you so much for saying this I hope people feast on your words as well