Summary: The 12th in a series going through all Christ endured leading up to the Cross. The series ends Easter Sunday with the Glorious Resurrection
We have been looking at 15 things they did to Jesus. Jesus suffered false trials and accusations, abuse, humiliation, mocking, blasphemy, beatings, the cross, and taunting of His works. He endured this because of His love for the world. He endured out of obedience to the Father and dedication to doing His will. A sacrifice was needed for all the world, and Christ was the only one that could pay the price. Last week we talked about Christ’s mission. Not only did the people malign the mission of God, but while Christ was on the cross the scribes and chief priests hurled insults and taunted his works.
Read mark 15:31
When we look at the statement of the priests, they made clear the work of Christ w/o even realizing it. Jesus could not save Himself. He came to do the will of God the Father and it was God’s will that He taste death for every one (Heb. 2:9). Even though these leaders said these things in mockery, they were actually preaching the Gospel truth: He did not come to save Himself, He could not save Himself, He came to save the world. If he had saved himself, every person in this world would go to hell. There had to be a sacrifice to redeem the fallen world. Christ was that sacrifice.
This brings us to several “I am” statements of Christ. This gives us a glimpse into the work and person of Christ that they were taunting.
I. Christ is the Bread of Life Jn. 6:33-35
“For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” Those who come to Christ will never be hungry again!
Christ had just fed the 5 thousand. He had departed and went to the other side of the sea. There were people who were seeking Him out. They were seeking Jesus b/c they were desiring more free food. They didn’t care about what Jesus was teaching them, or showing them. They wanted physical nourishment.
There are so many that come to Christ looking for the physical nourishment. They seek the cure for their physical needs all the while missing what truly matters most- the spiritual. Bread sustains the physical life. The nourishment provided is only temporary and will pass away.
Jesus says that He is the Bread of Life. Christ offers food that sustains spiritual life. The nourishment and satisfaction He offers are permanent.
There are people who are searching for spiritual food. They are dying spiritually and looking for food to sustain them. Jesus offers the food needed. If there is something that is missing in your heart, reach for the food to fill the missing hole. He offers life eternal. He offers healing that only His bread can give.
II. Christ is the Good Shepherd Jn. 10:11, 14
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”
Jesus was in the presence of Israel’s spiritual leaders. These leaders were not acceptable shepherds for the flock of Israel. They cared nothing for the people only for themselves. The Pharisees acted more like a hireling. The hireling would often run away and leave the flock unprotected. They cared nothing for the flock, only for themselves.