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Jesus, the bread of life. Harvest 6.10.05. Silver Service.

Jn 6:32-40

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.

"I am the Bread of Life" by Quintin Morrow on www.sermoncentral.com

WE NEED BREAD

We need food. Just can’t survive without it

- saw the chaos in New Orleans

- "each city is only 3 meals away from anarchy"

- reminds us of our fallenness! Each of us!

Bread is still the staple diet of most

- in wartime learned 1000 exciting ways to prepare bread. Summer pudding etc etc

So, today- we take time to thank God for His provision for us

- none of us, here today, are hungry

- "thank you, Lord, for your goodness! We count our blessings and we are very grateful"

But, do you know, many people have full bellies… but they are still starving

- inside

- spiritually

- so hungry perhaps they don’t even know it! (stomach can shut down)

You see, we are more than just flesh and blood. God made us more than just that!

- it’s true: some can find no peace… no rest… no sleep- because they don’t have bread

o and I’m not taling about flour, water and yeast

You know- Jesus is SO relevant. God knows He is!

- to those looking for truth (politicians, maybe!) Jesus said "I am the truth"

- for, perhaps, traffic wardens, and those lost in life, looking for a way to find God… He said "I am the way"

- for undertakers and all those wondering about the life hereafter He said "I am the resurrection"

- for those walking in darkness He said "I am the light"

What is fascinating is Jesus never offers a philosophy or ideology to people…. Nor does he offer ’great teaching’ (as such)

- He offers Himself

- HE is the answer

Because in the end we don’t need fancy talk- we need GOD. The person of God with us now. We need Him in our lives… and we need to know He cares

And to those hungry, spiritually… those who may have everything else sorted out, but still know there is… has to be… more- He says:

- "I am the bread of life"

JESUS IS THE BREAD

Jesus is the main thing you need.

- He is your food, spiritually

- He is the one who will give you spiritual life, help you to grow

o Keep you alive eternally

I think we are all children at heart, and there are times when the world, future and eternity looks very big and scary

- at those times, like the wartime child, we find it hard to rest and find peace….

But Jesus is the answer. He is the bread. The One you can hold on to

- and rest peacefully

Oh, how we need Jesus

- in fact, you can cope with anything if you have Him

- (it’s true. Peace and Jesus. Can cope with all if you have them. And Jesus is peace, and peace helps you find Jesus)


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