I AM the Bread of Life

Sunday, May 5, 2019 ()

Bible Text: John 6:35 | Series:

I AM the Bread of Life

John 6:35

Jesus is the Bread of Life that you and I must eat in order to live!

  1. There is great need in the human condition - John 6:5–6
    1. There is a need to sustain physical life - Matthew 6:25–34
    2. There is a greater need to sustain spiritual life - Psalm 23
    3. Jesus satisfied the physical hunger of over five thousand - John 6:11–12
    4. Jesus can satisfy your physical hunger. Will you seek Him to satisfy your spiritual hunger - John 6:26
  1. Jesus satisfies the greatest need - John 6:27–35
    1. Do not pour your labor and efforts into worthless and empty pursuits.
    2. Rather pour all of yourself into the provision supplied by Jesus.
    3. The people wanted greater signs, more and more earthly “bread.”
    4. Jesus promised that the Father will give heavenly bread.
    5. The people still miss the point. This bread is not for the earthly life.
    6. Jesus makes an explicit and absolute statement about the bread:
      1. The name I AM defines the divine source and power of the bread.
      2. Only Jesus can give eternal life.
      3. Thirst is added to fill out the metaphor.
      4. Jesus says that he who comes and he who believes. He does not say: he who eats and he who drinks.
      5. Jesus perfectly satisfies all hunger and quenches all thirst.
      6. Jesus promises eternal security to all the Father gives to believe.
  1. The meaning of “eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus” as it pertains to the Lord’s Supper - John 6:41–71
    1. The bible does not teach that the bread and wine are transformed into the literal body and blood of Jesus (transubstantiation) or are literally alongside the bread and wine (consubstantiation).
    2. Jesus was not teaching that we must eat and drink His actual body and blood. He was speaking metaphorically:
      1. This is the same mistake the Jews made - John 6:52
      2. Jesus clarified this as a spiritual matter not physical - John 6:53
      3. Jesus established that eating and drinking are parallels for coming, seeing, and believing: John 6:53–56/6:27, 35, 40, 47–50
    3. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial which Jesus commanded the church to observe in order to remember His body and His blood by eating bread and drinking the cup - 1 Corinthians 11:24–25  and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."