Summary: Message 4 of 5 on John 5 & 6. Let’s talk about Jesus today… Let’s see him today the way he described himself. Jesus said, “I am the bread that gives life.”
There is something about bread and its ability to satisfy you.
It’s not just a full belly!
It’s that sense of security and comfort that comes from the smell of warm bread and the fullness of the soul. There is something about a piece of warm bread that satisfies the heart of a person.
Maybe that’s why Jesus said what he did to the crowd who had gathered around that day some 2000 years ago. Jesus had come to them with compassion and healed their sick. After a day filled with people he took a little boys lunch of 5 loaves and 2 fish, blessed it and broke it and then fed the crowd of 5000.
Then he said, “I am the bread that gives life.”
Jesus transforms existence into life
Today we have gathered to celebrate the life of the one who gives life – Jesus
Just who is this man?
This the man who would not be their King after he fed the 5000 and claimed to be the bread that gives life – yet he walked on the water and commanded the wind and waves to be still.
We celebrate him today as the man who was came into Jerusalem in Triumph with the crowds shouting “hosanna to the highest”. The honored him as if he were on a white stallion rather than a gray donkey. Today, Palm Sunday, he was the king of the Jewish nation and in five days he would be set upon as a murdering and seditious criminal to be crucified with the same people shouting against him.
He would not answer a Governor’s questions but he will forgive a thief his sins and invite him to join him that same day in Paradise. He accepted the soldiers scourging and endured their mocking and then offered his forgiveness to the same men who nailed him to the cross.
This is the same man who said, “It is finished” and then “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” as he died.
Who is this man, Jesus?
Recently there has been a movie in the theaters called “The Passion of the Christ”
I suppose that if you’ve been on the new planet called Sedna you might be excused for not knowing about this movie.
The power of this movie has been evident all around us.
I believe it’s power lies in the implicit question it raises, “Who is this man – to me?”
Another testimony from the American Daily.com website revealed a man who had been mightily touched by this film. His take on how the film touched him was that,
"Too often, He (Jesus) can become an abstraction in our lives. We sing, worship, and pray about what we don’t understand. It leads us to a part-time Faith, only shown on Sunday morning and always absent when we make the great decisions of life. If you’ve not already, I would urge you to do something difficult. I ask you to see the Passion of the Christ so that in your heart you can know what Jesus Christ did for you."
Let’s talk about Jesus today… Let’s see him today the way he described himself
Jesus said, “I am the bread that gives life.”
John 6:35-40 (NCV)
35 Then Jesus said, “I am the bread that gives life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Jesus said, “I am the bread that gives life”