Summary: How often do we make our choice based on our immediate desire... So often we do that spiritually as well, and Jesus tells us in this passage that HE is the choice we should make, not the temporary satisfaction of our desires, but the eternal joy and life
Date Written: March 3, 2011
Date Preached: March 6, 2011
Where Preached: OPBC (AM)
Series Title: Falling in Love With Jesus
Sermon Title: Jesus - Bread of Life!
Sermon Text: John 6:25-40 [ESV]
25When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did You get here?" 26Jesus answered them and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27"Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal." 28Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?" 29Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." 30So they said to Him, "Then what sign do You do, that we may see and believe You? What work do You perform? 31Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" 32Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always." 35Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst. 36But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out. 38For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me. 39And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given Me, but raise it up on the last day. 40For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."
I can remember Christmas of 1984… I had a 2 yr old son and on Christmas Eve I was up late putting together the latest ‘pedal-car’ on the market, “The Knight Rider 2000” pedal car! Austin’s favorite show was Knight Rider and so we just had to give him that car!
This car was amazing… racing stripes, all the decals, flashing lights, a recorded voice that spoke to you, buttons that made sounds… it was great. The awful thing about this car was that it came UNASSEMBLED! I had to put it together…
As so many men before me, I took the parts out of the box… threw the instructions to the side and began to put the car together! 3 times I thought I had finished only to realize I had left something out or not put something together the right way. 3 times I had to disassemble this car and then rebuild it… Finally at 3 am I “finished”… mainly I gave up and went to bed… the car was a big hit, but Austin was 2 and it did not take much to impress him.
The car was NEVER what it should have been… by not using the instructions I had actually damaged some of the parts and the car would not work like it was supposed to… I was so disappointed! My desire to have something work RIGHT now… the way I desired it to work… in my time… done my way… damaged a gift we had wanted so much to give our son!
Now what does that story have to do with this story we just read out of John 6? How often do we rush into things… desiring OUR way… in our time, only to damage what we were trying to do. Well, I see a great parallel in our lives as believers today, as we desire the easy, quick fix… we seek to take the easiest route… we seek what FILLS our desire the quickest, but Jesus reveals that there SO much more! Let’s take a little journey thru the Scripture this morning and see what God has to say to us…
The Jews in our story this morning, knew that Jesus worked out of Capernaum and when they could not find him the next morning after He fed 5000… they went there looking for Him. In v.25 they find Him and ask a rather odd question, 25When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did You get here?" “WHEN did you get here… not HOW, but when…”