John 6:33-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.
37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
To live, people need bread. I love home-baked bread like Mother used to bake. So good, good for you.
--She used to say, we need bread .. we need Jesus.
"Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea.
Beyond the sacred page, I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee, 0 Living Word."
--I love this hymn by Mary Lathbury that G. Campbell Morgan used to quote, opening his mid-week Service of Bible Study in his great church in London.
--His son also was a great Bible expositor and I have visited his church in Philadelphia. We need that.
Another love of mine is the Lord Jesus, my Savior.
--To follow Him in John 6, as He shows us how to do a lot with a little, in "feeding about five thousand men" plus women and children, with a lad's lunch.
--John 6 is all about bread - and Jesus, God's Bread.
--From one of His first miracles, shows He is God.
--They had been with Jesus a long time, were hungry.
--He fed them for He is the "Bread of God, of life."
Next morning in the Capernaum synagogue Jesus preaches, saying, He is the "Bread of God, and gives life, to the world." That is why He came, and died.
--Listen, "I am the bread of life, he who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst" (v 35). We choose or refuse, Bread.
--He is speaking of salvation. Forgiveness. Life.
Jesus had just told the woman at the well that He is the water of life, "whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst" (John 4:14).
--This woman at the well, believed; and was saved.
--She ran back to the village, telling about Jesus.
--More needed than bread, water, or air - is Jesus.
Salvation is by faith alone, and Jesus, alone.
--In uncertain times, we need a certain salvation to keep us, and to live,a life of holiness and faith.
When I was growing up we often had guests at our table - missionaries, ministers, loved ones, friends.
--Many were welcomed to "break bread together."
--I learned to listen to them. I learned a lot.
Some of you are most hospitable, inviting guests.
--You are most generous in sharing with others.
--That's what Jesus always did. And still does.
--He invites us all to His Holy Communion Table.
John 6 shows how often Jesus says, "I am the Bread."
--He wants to get that across to all. Why? He is!
--As no other, Jesus is more than bread, He is God!
--The Holy Scriptures leave no doubt He is God.
It is one of the fourteen "I AM'S" Jesus declared.
--He is, all He claims, or else He is a deceiver.
--The "I AM" takes us to Exodus 3:14, as the Lord appears to Moses, identifies Himself simply, as "I AM WHO I AM." He is the great "I AM."
--That is, He is God, the Eternal, Self-existing One.
--The Only, One, True, Living God - in the Trinity.
--Jesus reveals Him. Came to show what God is like.
--Came to call out a people who believe and follow!
Some ask, How can I know Him? First, believe Him.
--Repent, and receive Him, into your life as Savior.
--Then, as Jesus said, "Follow Me," we follow Him.
--To know God's will, you say, I will, to Him.
Some question if Jesus cares, cares about them.
--Of course He cares, for our hurts and hearteaches.
--How do we know? He shows us by tears and prayers.
--Today, "He ever lives to make intercession" for us.
--Best of all, Jesus demonstrated it by His cross.
--There,friend, He took my place .. and yours.
--Risen, as He promised, He.is our "Bread of life."
I admire all who are godly, like Mother Theresa, who cared for the poor in India, showing them God's love.
--She said, "Most of us aren't able to do great things, but small things are great if done for God."
--A piece of bread - a prayer or tract - is small but given in the name of Jesus, can work miracles.
This is a fantastic claim of Jesus - that He is God, "Bread of God, and bread of life." He proves it.
If Jesus could heal diseases .. cast out demons., and walk on water .. raise the dead to live again.. crucified, and rise again the third day, He proves it!
--Proves that He can save, forgive, change anyone.
--Lord, reach the unreachable, change the unchangeable, that unbelievers be "born again" in Jesus.
It is when we repent of our sin. Follow the Savior.
--He fed Israel in the desert daily "manna" for food.
--For forty long years, their clothes, shoes lasted.
--Brought them to a "land of milk and honey."
--For those who followed Him, "the Bread of life."
--That day Jesus said, "If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread I shall give is My flesh, I shall give for the life of the world."
--He speaks of His sacrifice for us on the cross.
Consider the similarity of life to a grain of wheat.
--Or a grain of wheat to Jesus, God the Son.
--In each, God has put great inherent possibilities.
--There is the possibility of life, and greatness.
--Of sacrifice and service, of a fruitful harvest.
First, the seed has to be sown in soil.
--To die to self, as Jesus did. Seed comes alive!
--Sprouts through the soil. The seedling grows.
--It bears fruit. The grains are harvested.
--Threshed. Beaten, as Jesus was. It suffers.
--Wheat is separated from the chaff.
--The golden grain ground into flour. Sifted.
--Made into bread. Put in the oven of affliction.
--The dough rises. As did Jesus! Like we may.
--He is our "Bread of God." We see similarities.
These picture what Jesus went through. What we face.
--To "transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body" (Phil. 3:21).
--So we may live "godly, in this present, evil, world." How can we be "more than conquerers"?
--Through His promises we "be partakers of the divine nature .. escaped the corruption ..in the world.." (II Peter 1:4). A great verse to memorize.
Life is so brief, at best. Often with troubles.
--So many hardships, disappointments, ills, sorrow.
--We need all of God we can have - Father, Son, Holy Spirit - in all the fullness of the Trinity.
--His peace. Love. Joy. Guidance. Blessings.
--The taking of the Lord's Supper blesses me.
--I pray it may have spiritual meaning also for you.
I remember Pearl Brown, a power-house in praying for people in need - now elderly, and a shut-in.
--Once was very active in church; no longer able.
--We frequently took communion to her, and others.
--"Would you like to have communion, today?"
--"0 Pastor, please come," would be her response.
Reading the Bible, prayers of consecration and confession, and thanksgivings, the elements were taken.
--Maybe we would sing a familiar hymn or two.
--What a joy and blessing it was to that dear widow.
--Unable to get to God's House, the Supper was gladly received, for renewed communion with the Lord.
--By faith, something of Jesus is in those elements.
To her, to me, there was power in God's presence.
--And in that little bit of bread, and grape juice.
--The power of Jesus Christ, the "Bread of God, and the Bread of life." Lord, feed us - fill us!
To us it is bread in the mouth, but Christ in each heart - by faith, and the fullness of His grace.
Let no one ever feel too unworthy to commune in God or the partaking of the Lord's Supper. No, no!
--Sometimes, some people may so feel, they tell me.
--But frankly, not one of us is worthy - only Jesus.
--I know, as a Pastor, striving to follow Him, I do not feel worthy - but that's precisely what it is for! The Lord's Supper helps make us worthy!
--To lead us to confession and repentance, that forgiveness and cleansing may be ours from our Lord!
--Friend, may we never forget, we are sinners, saved by grace it may be, but seeking to grow in Christ.
--Jesus calls us, "Come, and dine!"
--He is "the Bread of God, of life."- Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., DD. 344