August 1

John 6:28-35

“So they said to him, ‘What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing?’” vs. 30

The people were asking a good question. They did understand that Jesus was a teacher and that he had a message, but how were they to know whether he was sent from God? They thought that a sign might give him credibility–and we can’t blame them for asking. We wonder about the same things as we try to decipher truth in our time. How can we possibly know which politicians or news anchors we should believe? Some say we should dismiss the whole lot, and instead rely on some obscure website hidden away on the internet. There are so many claims to truth being made, and it’s devilishly difficult to know who to believe. No wonder so many have become jaded and cynical! What’s ironic in John’s story is that the people had already been given a sign–the feeding in the wilderness–and they had failed to grasp its significance. Jesus finally has to tell them, “I am the Bread of Life…whoever comes to me will never be hungry.” That’s his word for us too! This is still the good news! In Jesus we find the way to truth and life–and it’s rooted in sacrificial love. Forget about the pundits and media circus–focus on the Bread of Life, and we will be satisfied!

Thought for the Day: Are there any credible news sources?

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