Jesus said “I AM the bread of life” – John 6: 25-59
Text: John 6: 25-59
1) Jesus’ the I AM the importance of Jesus’ proclamation “ I AM the bread of life”. When Moses asked God in exodus chapter 3 verses 13 & 14 “ suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them , the God of your Fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me what is his name? Then what shall I tell them”? God said to Moses “ I am who I am, this is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you”
In saying I AM the bread of life, Jesus is proclaiming his very divine nature.
2) Don’t work for food that spoils. the crowd came looking for Jesus because he had fed them with the loaves and fishes previously. They find Jesus and come looking for more food. But Jesus tells them not to work for food that spoils but for food that endures to eternal life ( vs 27). Mankind’s first instinct is to work for things that perish, the material things in the hope that it will satisfy. Jesus is offering far more than just perishables.
3) What must we do? In vs 28 the people ask “ what must we do to do the works God requires”
Mankind wrongly believes that the key to pleasing God is by works alone, but Jesus tells them that believing in HIM is the key to salvation.
4) Jesus the true bread. Having been miraculously fed with loaves and fishes, the people still ask for a sign so that they can believe in him, and refer to their fathers eating manna in the wilderness. Jesus declares himself as the true bread that comes from heaven and gives life.
5) Jesus the bread of life. The bread that gives life eternal. Whoever comes to Jesus, will NEVER be hungry or turned away.
6) So why do we go hungry? This spiritual life that Jesus gives is in the here and now, but as Christians, we can still go hungry ( spiritually). Why do we go hungry? Simple, because we don’t eat! Why do we go thirsty? Simple, because we don’t drink! The rewards of feeding off the bread of life are many.......joy, peace, the secure knowledge of salvation, to name but a few.
7) They couldn’t accept Jesus, will you? The Jews only see a man, who’s father and mother they know. They cannot except him as the Christ. They see him only as a teacher, a prophet maybe, but for Jesus to proclaim his divinity, and that he came from the father, is too much for them, and it’s too much for mankind to believe today.
8) Will you feast on Jesus? Jesus invites us to eat and drink off him. To feast ourselves on him. Do we? Can we? Should we?
9) Who else is there? As a PS to this passage, some disciples think it’s all too much and turn back, but Jesus asks his 12 disciples closest to him what about you!
Peter replies “ to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life”
Closing question to us “ where else shall we go? ....