Doing the works of God

John 6:28-37

They have received the loaves and fishes. The great multitude ate their fill until all were satisfied. And they have chased Jesus to the other side of the sea wanting more. Even after Jesus exhorted them to spurn the bread that perishes and labor for the bread that endures, their minds remained closed and their hearts hardened. What labors? What works must we do? What are the works of God?

Finally, Jesus makes it plain. “The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. I am the read of life. Whoever comes to me will never hunger. Whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Christ is the one to strive for. He is the one who feeds and nourishes faith and life.

To do the works of God means to believe Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, and that through him only is there forgiveness of sin and the promise of everlasting life. No merit of our own, no amount of Good works, nothing that we can do will earn God’s grace. Only the belief that sinners are saved by grace the faith in Christ. Jesus is the bread from heaven. He is the bread that gives life, always and forever.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Christ, the bread of life, the Savior of the world. Amen.

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