Jesus The Bread of Life
“I am the bread of life” Jesus said, need my Bible. I heard a story, well read a story, actually, about an old Scotsman, who took a trip to America, many years ago, on an ocean liner and he saved up all his money to buy a ticket and in preparation for the trip he stocked up on crackers, cheese and fruit.
He thought, “that will keep me going”, but after about four or five days the the crackers got stale and the cheese got soft and the fruit began to get a bit manky, so he thought “I’ll make my way down to the dining room, take some money and get myself a proper square meal”. Well imagine his surprise, that when he got there he was greeted with, sir you could come in anytime you want, it’s all part of the package. It’s all free and you know what, sometimes we are like that with God. He has given and provided for us all we need for life both now and throughout eternity through His Son Jesus Christ. “I am the bread of life”. Let’s just pray together.
Our father God, I pray that this morning, we’ll all hear something that we can take away, I’m going to say chew on, drinking something that will satisfy us. Something that will thrill us and keep us going for the weeks to come. In Jesus’, mighty name. Amen.
“I am the bread of life”, Jesus said. I was told about a law of first mention by someone and they said if you ever want to understand anything about the Bible, look at the first time it’s ever mentioned in the Bible. The law of first mentioned. Well, when I heard about Jesus, the bread of life, immediately my mind went to Genesis and Genesis chapter 3 verse 19. God said “by the sweat of your brow you will eat bread, you’ll return to the ground, for out of it you were taken for you are dust and you will return to dust.” This was the result of separation from God by sin. You know it’s hard work, to try to live without God. Well do you agree with that? I’ve tried it and I’m so glad that through Jesus Christ, I am now in touch with father.
In Exodus, Moses was sent by God to deliver the children of Israel from Pharaoh’s cruel slavery and while that’s, what, while they’re in Egypt. On being released, it wasn’t long, six or seven weeks, before they wanted to go back. Imagine, to want to go back into slavery and they said “because at least there we had some food, we had fruit and meat” and God heard the moaning and he wonderfully provided manna. Manna each day in the desert, and quail, which is like a small bird. So they had bread and meat. For forty years, God provided supernaturally and wonderfully for the children of Israe land they were fed for 40 years in the wilderness.
In Deuteronomy God tells them, “I tested you and talked to you during this time, that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”.
So now we come to the Gospel of John. John chapter one
In the beginning was the word and the Word was with God and the Word was God and the word became flesh and lived amongst us.John 1:1 The Bible
That is the Lord Jesus. So we come now to our reading. John chapter 6 and verse 25.
When theyfound him on the other side of the lake, they asked him “Rabbi, when did you get here” and Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.”John 6:25-26
Just before this, you know, Jesus had fed 5,000 people. He walked on water and now he says to them
“don’t work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. on him, God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Then they asked him, “what must we do to do the work God requires?” Jesus answered, “the work of God is this, believe in the one he has sent.”John 6:27-29
The amplified version says, “believe in, cleave to, trust and rely on and have faith in, God’s messenger, in Jesus.”
So they asked him, “what a miraculous sign will you give that we may see and believe? What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat'”.John 6:30-31
The rabbi’s had taught that Moses, yes, he’d given the manner, but when the new deliverer comes, when the Messiah comes, he’ll do twice as much, he’ll not only do it once, he’ll do it again. So, they were looking for this sign. Lord Jesus, well they didn’t call him Lord Jesus did they? They said “Jesus give us a sign.” What were they looking for? What are you looking for? What am I looking for? What are we looking for from Jesus.
Too draw to him, to put our whole faith in him, to put our very lives in his hands, to surrender everything into his hands. What are we looking for from Jesus?
“I tell you the truth, that it’s not Moses, who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my father, who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”John 6:32-33
Wow! Jesus is the true bread from heaven, the true bread from heaven is a person, Jesus Christ and think of the scope of the life he gives, the life of the world. Such is the wonder of Jesus Chris, He can feed the entire world, not just 5000 people, millions, billions, trillions, all the generations there has ever been, all the generations that will come. Jesus can satisfy every one of us. Are you satisfied today? Are you satisfied? Are you totally utterly satisfied? Jesus will satisfy both your hunger and your thirst.
In the following chapter, Jesus cried out with a loud voice “if anyone is thirsty, come to me, if you believe in me, out of your belly will flow rivers of living water.” Jesus has so much to give, are we getting it? I don’t believe we are I. Honestly, don’t believe we are, but Jesus is offering it to you today. Come to me, come to me, then he says, “I am the bread of life.” There’s an emphatic declaration, when he says this, “I am the bread of life”, it’s just one of seven, I am sayings in John’s gospel. I am the light of the world, I am the gate for the Sheep, I am The Good Shepherd, I am the way the truth the life, I am the resurrection and the life, I am the vine”. Using that name, Jesus was emphatically saying “I am God.” It is the same “I am” that God spoke to Moses when Moses was told to go to Pharaoh and say “let my people go.” Moses said “who shall I say sent me?” and God said “I am, tell them, I am has sent you.” Jesus is God, He’s Almighty God, he created the universe, can’t He look after us? Can’t He sustain us?
Tony was saying “I’ve got to give over worrying,” you have to give over worrying, it’s a command, “don’t worry.” Jesus says don’t be anxious, Jesus says, now of course we can’t stop worrying in our natural strength, but every command is a promise and if we go to God, he will give us the grace, he will give us the peace, he will give us that warm embrace that stops us worrying. Victoria there with a child, do you want that child worrying right from day one. You’re gonna look after her, she don’t have to worry about a thing and she’ll know that, and when she gets about a teenager to start with. When do we stop worrying? When we become like a child again. Jesus said, you can’t receive the kingdom of heaven unless, you become like a child, trust and obey, there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey. So Jesus here, is plainly declaring his deity, “I am.”
Verse 40 I’m going to read.
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.
All that the father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all them that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.
for my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”John 6:34-40
there’s a reference here, it’s sort of hidden, unless we read scriptures, but one of the most famous verses in the Bible is, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. but previous to that Jesus has said, just as the serpent was raised, as Moses raised up the serpent in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. Now I’ll say very quickly, some time in the history of Israel they’ve been very disobedient and God had sent in fiery serpents to bite them and they would die from that, from the snake bites. But God in His mercy, said to Moses, “get a bronze serpent and put it on a pole and whoever looks, they shall live.” That’s what Jesus is referring to here. My father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son shall have eternal life and that bronze serpent is a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross bearing the punishment for our sins, because bronze is a judgment in scriptures, it represents judgment. So if we are going to live, we need to look at Jesus on the cross and identify with him.
“Is this not Jesus, the Son of Joseph,” they said, “whose father and mother, we know. How can he say, “I came down from heaven?”
“Stop grumbling amongst yourselfs,” Jesus answered.
“No one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.John 6:41-44
This is a very, very profound verse. I’m going to say it again, Jesus said, “no one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” When man sinned, when we fell from God’s glory, there is absolutely nothing in us that would want God, that is the condition of fallen man. There’s absolutely nothing in us that would want God, there’s absolutely nothing in us that would try to get to God. Oh, get to the God of our own making, yeah, we can have a religion that we think we’re getting better, but we are so fallen and depraved there is nothing in us that would cause us to come to Jesus Christ. So the very fact that we’re here loving Jesus, shows the grace of God has moved upon our lives, even before we desire Jesus. So when we’re praying for our brothers, children relatives, friends, let’s pray that God will draw them to Jesus, because they have no hope unless God does. Jesus said it, “no one can come to me unless the father draws him.” That will give us a real sense of the lostness of humanity and perhaps give us a greater desire to reach out to the Lost.
“I am the living bread, whoever eats and drinks has eternal life.” How do we do that, how do we eat the flesh of Jesus Christ, how do we drink his blood?
“Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the father.
I tell you the truth, the one who believes has everlasting life.
I am the bread of life.
Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.
But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die.
I am The Living bread that comes down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. This bread is my flesh which I will give for the life of the world.”
Then the Jews began to argue sharply amongst themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.
Just as the living father sent me and I live because of the father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”John 6:45-58
How can I feed on Jesus, how can I drink his blood? By looking to the cross. We must look and see Jesus dying, I must see him dying in my place, I must see his blood running for my forgiveness, for my cleansing, then it becomes a reality to me. It has to become a reality to each one of us, that’s why we take communion to remind us, because we’re so forgetful of what it really costs Jesus to save us. I see him in the flesh nailed to the cross, do you know why this place is empty, virtually empty, because people don’t realize, have no idea what God has done. That’s the truth, God himself has come here, has been nailed to a cross, bled to death for you, for me. Isn’t He worthy of some praise, isn’t he worthy of my adoration, isn’t he worthy of something? What do we give Him, we give him what we know of him. That’s why people are walking past and driving past, they just don’t know how incredible Jesus Christ is. He is God, the great I am and as we take communion and begin to think of the depths of the love, he went for you, for me, so that we could be reconciled to God for eternity, in the arms of God foreternity. You see Jesus came so that we could get a heavenly perspective on life, it’s the only life perspective that makes sense. Jesus lived til he was 33 he didn’t live to 140, longer than anyone else. I think he lived till he was 33, did what he was born to do and died then went back to heaven. He’s alive in heaven, I can’t wait to get there, I can be honest, I can’t wait to get there, where all is peaceful, all is joyous, all is wonderful and all is about him, the person that died in my place. To look into his face and see that love, that’s why he came here, to give us a heavenly perspective on life, we’re so Earth bound. Jesus wants to lift us up and look down, then life makes sense, the brevity of life makes sense. Sometimes, catastrophism it all makes sense, because God is in his heaven watching over everything. “I am the bread of life, I bring you to a place of peace, peace with God, peace with yourself, peace with those around you. Eternal life is yours, it’s yours now. Jesus said, “if you believe in me, he who lives will never die.” Do you believe it? I’d say I don’t understand it, I know I’ll leave this body one day but I’ll still be alive, because Jesus promised it. Let’s take communion, Sue has written a beautiful song, we’re gonna sing that and one or two more songs and I ask Sally to give out the emblems. As we take communion, let’s draw near to our Savior and just love him from our hearts. Amen