John 6:15 ‘Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.’
All Glory to God alone!
After feeding more than five thousand people in the deserted area, people were aroused, not because of the word which He taught for three days, but because they saw the signs that Jesus did, and they confessed that “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world”. But one thing which I really appreciate about my Lord is that He never accepted honor from men, because He knows men! Amen!! …After this meeting of miraculous feeding of the crowd, the people planned to take Jesus by force and make Him a king to destroy Roman Empire. They thought that if this man could multiply five loaves and two fishes and feed a crowd of minimum five thousand, then He would be able to overthrow Roman Empire and feed them. The crowd had mistook Jesus. He had not come to be the king of this world. His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). After a great victory in the deserted area, there came a great temptation. This time, Satan did not come face to face with Jesus and offer Him the kingdom of this world and its authority (Luke 4:5-7), but he came through some people who had witnessed the signs of the Lord. We need to understand something here. Satan will come face to face with you for a war, but sometimes he will use people with whom you associate, to influence you. This is a strong statement!! Peter was with Jesus for a couple of years and he even confessed that Jesus is the Son of Living God. But Jesus recognized Peter and rebuked the devil in him when he asked Jesus to resist the death. All who gives you good advices are not necessarily from God. We need to discern every spirit…After a great victory, always be on guard, for you might face a great temptation…After a great victory, we often tend to relax and to be lazy in spirit. Elijah was an anointed man of God.
His prayer was so powerful that God sent fire from heaven which not only consumed the sacrifice, but also the wood, stones and dust besides licking the water in the trench. Elijah seized the prophets of Baal and executed them. He ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot. After all these powerful demonstrations, when he came down and received a threatening letter from Jezebel, he went to the wilderness and sat down under a broom tree. And there he prayed that he might die. Let us not repeat this in our life…Always remember that after a great demonstration of God’s power in the spiritual realm, there will be a threatening mail to disturb your spiritual equilibrium…Did this threaten from Jezebel influence the life of Elijah? Yes, he went into the cave of fear and depression.
Though he was asked to anoint Jehu as king over Israel and Elisha as a prophet, he could anoint only Elisha. It means that he could do only half of what he was asked to do.
Let us see how Jesus overcame temptation. We must understand that Jesus was fully man and fully God! “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). So God knows our nature.
John 6:15 says that Jesus perceived that the crowd who had seen Jesus doing signs, were about to come and take Him by force to make Him the king.
Jesus perceived the things before it came to Him. This is a very important statement. The meaning of perceive in the worldly sense is to become ‘aware of’ directly through any of the senses…To be aware of anything in the world, we need our five senses. But to be ‘aware of’ in the spiritual world, we need to tune ourselves in the Spirit. So the key is ‘never to quench’ the Spirit, especially after a great victory. But it is possible that we relax and lazy around after a great victory. Many of us fail in perceiving things after a great victory…Remember; the battle is not yet over, even if we win in some areas! The battle is still on until the DAY of our Lord … Are we able to sense or perceive such tactics of the devil before being a victim? If not, let us walk in Spirit and live in Spirit (Galatians 5:25).
Walking in Spirit is not for some specific time…that’s danger! ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, and seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)’…By this statement, we understand that he is not a real lion…but he is only ‘like’ a lion…who walketh about seeking whom he may devour. ‘Devour’ is ‘to consume’…A lion can never consume, but it tears. The Devil who walketh like a lion will tear only those who are asleep, but it is impossible for him to touch those who are awake! By this, we must understand the importance of ‘walking’ in Spirit and ‘living’ in Spirit. This verse is written by Apostle Peter who had a good experience during his past. He had slept when he was asked to watch and pray, and the outcome was that the devil devoured him for a while. But the Lion of Judah approached him and took him out of that state! Glory be to God…to perceive great temptation after a great victory, we need to live in Spirit.
Joseph was a man, in whom, was the Spirit of God ( Genesis 41:38) but one day, this Spirit filled man was caught by one woman…When the wife of Potipher caught the garment of Joseph, he perceived that this woman who had caught his garment, would catch hold of Joseph sooner or later. So he ran away from her! I am not saying that a Spirit filled man will not be tempted. Yes, he will be tempted, but he will perceive things in his spirit and will take necessary steps. Our five senses cannot perceive the devil’s tricks…We need to nullify our flesh senses and get into the Spirit realm, to perceive the craftiness of Satan.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4, ‘for though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.’ John 3:8, ‘the wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” We can study two things from these verses: First, Those who are born of the Spirit will be led by the Spirit, and the Spirit will lead him where He pleases. Second, those who are born of the Spirit will hear the Spirit. To perceive the tricks of the devil, we need to be hear from the Spirit and to be led by the Spirit. For this, we need to born of the Spirit. A Spirit filled man will perceive everything that comes against him, because he is not hearing any man but heeding the Spirit of God!
Second -After perceiving, Jesus departed from them.
John 6:15, ‘Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.’
Most of us perceive but do not depart…This shows disobedience. This is walking by our own will. We feel in our Spirit or inner conscience that something is going to happen. We perceive with our spiritual eyes, but are we obeying Him by departing from that? Jesus not only perceived, but also departed. Jesus knew that if he would stay there, people would make him the king by force, but He had not come for this. Knowing for what we are ‘called for’, helps us to depart from what we are ‘not called for’. Joseph could have stayed and enjoyed the pleasures of the sin, but he departed because he had a vision about his future. Let us heed the Spirit, and obey lest we become a victim! If we stay on, it’s hard to depart. We need grace to perceive and more grace to depart! After departing, Jesus again went to the mountain and prayed…Prayer is like a fuel in the car. If you want to run the car, you need re-fuel it again and again. Our Master has set an example for all of us….the more God is using us, the more prayers we need. Elisha did not receive a welcome note after receiving the mantle, but he faced the need to cross the Jordan…Every anointed person has a Jordan to cross and a temptation to face…Let us be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove not only in spiritual life, but also in this world. When we think that we have gained a victory in some areas of life, better watch out the enemy. He will come with another plan to pull you down…perceive and depart before being a victim, because after a great victory, comes great temptation.
Let us be an abiding and fruitful branch!
God bless you