Summary: Jesus had just feed the multitude of people with 2 fish and five loaves of bread in which a small boy had given. It was a miracle and thousands of people had seen it with their own eyes and thousands had eaten and were filled
John chapter 6 sermon 02/2015
John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die
Jesus had just feed the multitude of people with 2 fish and five loaves of bread in which a small boy had given. It was a miracle and thousands of people had seen it with their own eyes and thousands had eaten and were filled.
The people saw Jesus as their leader…their king not their Saviour…look at John chapter 6 and verse 14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
The people were remembering Moses how he took his people from bondage and freed them from the slavery of Egypt and now they were recalling the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15
The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
In that day they were in slavery to the Roman Empire and were looking for a leader a king to free them…not a Saviour from their sins….Moses said God would raise a Prophet like unto me. But in
John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Jesus said He is the bread of life….John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Feeding the multitude represents feeding people spritely and being filled and satisfied….Jesus is still the bread of life today to those who would believe on Him.
John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
**Everyone that seeth the Son…..interesting statement isn’t it?....have you seen Jesus?....have I seen Jesus? ..no but…Jesus reveals Himself to you and me…He makes Himself real to us….that bread of life comes to life inside each of Gods children when they believe…..its not just belief…its receiving that bread…its eating from the table of the Saviour…that Holy Spirit that indwells each believer!!
Back to our story:
They were going to force Jesus to be their king so He hurried His Disciples into a boat to go across the Sea of Galilee into a town on the other side called Capernaum and said He would meet them there.
Bible says that Jesus had gone to a mountain to pray on the other side. I believe He had to do that supernaturally. He was on the mountain praying while His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee.
The Sea of Galilee is actually a lake….it’s about 8 miles wide and 13 miles long sometimes in the Bible called the Lake Tiberias. It was the fastest and shortest distance from outside of Bethsaida to Capernaum.
Then comes the famous story of Jesus walking on the water……look at
Verse 19 of John chapter 6
So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid
A furlong is about 1/8 mile or 660 feet so if they had rowed 30 furlongs that means they were 3 and ¾ miles from shore…..remember I said Sea of Galilee was 8 miles wide?....they were about half way across….there was a great storm and thought they were going to die and Jesus met them half way…
Jesus meets us more than half way ….Psalms 46: 1 says ..God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Also the Bible says that if God is for us…who can be against us….there is no trouble…there is no sickness…there is no heartbreak……there is no storm in life that God is not right there with us!!
Heard a story of a man whose car broke down so, he set out walking to the nearest town. There were no houses or lights to be seen. It was one of those nights it was so dark you could cut it with a knife.