Psalm 51: 1-12; Ephesians 4: 1-16; John 6: 24-35
August 2, 2015
Our gospel begins with the phrase, “the next day”, and it behooves us to know the next day after what? If you were here last Sunday, you joined a trip in our imagination to the day when Jesus fed the 5000 with 2 fish and 5 loaves. Then he hid out in the mountains to avoid being made king by force. During the night, he joined his disciples crossing the Sea of Tiberius and arriving at Capernaum—this included walking on water in a terrible storm and crossing miraculously to the other side—items we didn't touch on and which were mentioned as side events by the gospel writer. The very next day, today's reading--the crowd found him on the other side of the lake. They had three questions for him which I will use as my outline. If you study Jesus and how he answers questions, you can imagine that the three answers were not really what the questioners were looking for.