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John 6:35-40 (NIV) 35 Then Jesus declared, "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. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 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 at the last day."
1. Jesus offers satisfaction to everyone who comes to Him.
When we think of bread we think of an option to have at a meal.
At the time of Jesus, bread was not an option but an essential
Qualities regarding bread
Necessary for life
Suited for everyone
Should be eaten daily
In the Jewish mind there would be the natural association or thought of the tabernacle bread – a type of Christ
Came from the fruit of the ground – the humanity of Jesus
Flour for the bread was sifted 11 times – purity
The bread was anointed with il in the shape of a cross
The bread was pierced so that it would bake quickly
The bread was crowned with Frankincense
2. Jesus promises we will never be without satisfaction if we come to Him.
Men and women are always looking for something to provide real satisfaction.
Often this search leads us into areas the Bible calls sin
Sin never promises what we think
Sin takes us further away from God than we thought
Sin keeps us longer than we could ever imagine
When we think about why Jesus came, we cannot forget that Jesus came to provide through His death and our faith in Him the satisfaction we lost in the garden.
3. Jesus tells us that the key issue of coming to Christ is not seeing or doing, but believing!
This is probably the greatest truth we refuse to believe!
Christianity is not doing, but believing.
Doing should be a response to belief and assurance of salvation, not a means to it!
4. God is intimately aware of our spiritual decisions.
This time of year we often see Santa.
Can’t help but think about the song that goes like this, “He’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.”
It is amazing the powers we give to mythical persons, yet deny those same attributes in God.
We are in God’s hands; He determines and acts on our behalf.
God is not asking if we trust Christ, but will we trust Christ.
It is not in our nature to come to Christ, we are moved by God.
Even though coming to Christ is the best thing for us, we refuse to come. We will not
Kind of like placing grain in front of a lion. There is nothing wrong with the grain, but it is not in the nature of the lion to eat it!
5. Jesus has promised he will accept the will