Summary: Jesus is the Bread of Life that satisfies our deepest needs and cares for us. Are we truly satisfied or is the direction we take leaving us wanting again and again?
Bread of Life
Griffith Baptist Church – 3/1/09
Text: John 6:30-35 (30-51)
Key verse: John 6:33 - For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
Premise: Jesus is the Bread of Life that satisfies our deepest needs and cares for us. Are we truly satisfied or is the direction we take leaving us wanting again and again?
As World War II was drawing to a close, the Allied armies gathered up many hungry orphans. They were placed in camps where they were well-fed. Despite excellent care, they slept poorly. They seemed nervous and afraid. Finally, a psychologist came up with the solution. Each child was given a piece of bread to hold after he was put to bed. This particular piece of bread was just to be held—not eaten. The piece of bread produced wonderful results. The children went to bed knowing instinctively they would have food to eat the next day. That guarantee gave the children a restful and contented sleep. SOURCE: THE BREAD OF COMFORT In his book entitled God’s Psychiatry, Charles Allen Quinton Morrow in "I am the Bread of Life" on www.sermoncentral.com
Bread seems to be the staple of our diet
Bread is actually a useful tool
• Try holding a hotdog in your hands and plopping chili, cheese and onions on top without a bun
• Try holding a hamburger in your hands without a bun, period
• Try making toast!
Bread comes in all shapes and sized and even flavors
It is one of the most common elements of eating in all cultures.
No wonder Jesus could illustrate such a wonderful spiritual truth using such a common item.
Here in this section of Scripture we have 5 truths concerning our Bread of Life:
1. It Is Supernatural – (33) - For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven
A. This was not an earthly provision, it was a heavenly provision
i. Supernatural - of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe esp : of or relating to God; departing from what is usual or normal esp. so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature
ii. There are many instances of the supernatural that one cannot explain away.
a. The parting of the Red Sea
b. The raising of Lazarus from the dead
c. The feeding of the 5000
d. The creation of the world and man from nothing
f. The Holy Spirit’s indwelling
g. A mother’s love
B. Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, is supernatural in every respect:
i. His Pre-existence
a. Eternal - John 1:1-2, 14 - 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
b. Jesus testified of Himself - John 8:58 - Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
c. Jesus, active in creation - Colossians 1:16-17 - 16For by him were all things created, . . .
ii. His birth
a. Prophesied some 730 years of location before Christ’s birth – Micah 5:2
b. Prophesied some 700 years before concerning the virgin birth – Is. 7:14
iii. His life
a. His miracles
b. His own prophesies
c. His ability to see into the soul of every person
iv. His death
a. Foretold 700 years before his birth – Isaiah 53:1
b. Fulfilled in the gospels and Phil. 2:5-11
v. His resurrection
a. Fulfilled in the gospels
b. Historically and Biblically factual
c. Necessary for salvation – 1 Cor. 15
2. It Is Special – (33) - For the bread of God is he and (35) - I am the bread of life
A. Jesus Christ came personally
i. He didn’t try to get out of it
ii. He didn’t send someone else to do His work
iii. There is no substitute
iv. He did it because of love – John 3:16
B. We have bread from heaven that is personal
i. There is nothing like the personal touch of Christ
ii. 1 John 1:1-4 - 1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.