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Summary: When we follow Jesus, we find satisfaction.

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SERIOUS SATISFACTION

John 6:22-40

S: Jesus

Th: “I am the bread of life.”

Pr: When we follow Jesus, we find satisfaction.

?: How?

KW: Lessons

TS: We will find in John 6:22-40 four lessons that must be learned to find satisfaction in following Jesus.

The _____ lesson is…

I. Motivation (22-27)

II. Mandate (28-29)

III. Misconception (30-33)

IV. Matchlessness (34-40)

Version: ESV

RMBC 23 June 02 AM

INTRODUCTION:

ILL Notebook: Eat (What’s wrong with me?)

A man walks into a doctor’s office. He has a sausage coming out of his ear, a waffle coming out of his nose, and bacon coming out of his other ear. He says with great anxiety, “Doc, what’s wrong with me?!?”

The doctor replies, “This is easy. You’re not eating properly.”

Do you ever have a problem with food?

I must make a confession this morning.

I have an eating problem.

I eat too much!

If you have the same problem, I want you to follow these important facts that will help you live healthier:

ILL Notebook: Health (it will kill you!)

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

2. On the other hand, the French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

3. The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

4. The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

5. Conclusion: Eat and drink what you like. It’s speaking English that kills you.

Now that is a helpful conclusion!

In our text today, Jesus talks about bread.

In the culture of that day, bread was the food item meals were built around.

In fact, every culture seems to base their diet on some kind of starch, because it is filling and satisfying.

But when Jesus talked about bread, He has a whole lot more in mind than His listeners.

TRANSITION:

We return today to the gospel of John.

You may remember a few weeks ago, we studied an event that is known as “The Feeding of the 5,000.”

It was truly a tremendous event, for…

1. People were amazed when Jesus had fed so many with so little.

He fed over 5,000 people from five loaves and two fish.

And when He did this, Jesus fanned the flames of enthusiasm.

People were ready for the Messiah.

They were weary of Rome’s occupation of their homeland, but they needed a greater power to do something about it.

So now there is an excitement and eagerness in the air, for Jesus was truly looking like the real thing.

2. As a result, people became even more interested in following Jesus.

Here is a man that does miracles.

He really cares about people.

He heals you and forgives you.

Not only that, He feeds you too!

It is at this point, though, Jesus was looking for a larger context.

He truly did want to feed His people, but it was so much more than a physical matter.

It was much larger than what they thought they needed.

For…

3. WHEN WE FOLLOW JESUS, WE FIND SATISFACTION.

This morning, we are going to explore the nature of this satisfaction.

But to do this…

4. We will find in John 6:22-40 four lessons that must be learned to find satisfaction in following Jesus.

OUR STUDY:

I. The first lesson is MOTIVATION (22-27).

[22] On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. [23] Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. [24] So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. [25] When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” [26] Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. [27] Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”

You may remember from our earlier study that Jesus sent the disciples away on a boat while He went to pray.

While they were on the boat, a storm came up.

Then, in the midst of the storm, Jesus came to them, walking on the water.

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