Series B Pentecost
"Everything you wanted to know about the Bread of Life"
August 27, 2000
An American, a Frenchman, a “Brit.”, and a German. Each was commissioned to
write a book on the Elephant. The American entitled his book: “A thousand
and one uses for the Elephant” The Frenchman entitled his book: “The
Elephant and Fine Art”. The man from England entitled his book: “The
Elephant and the Empire!” Finally,
the German. The German wrote a
6-volume set entitled: “Introduction
to the Elephant”.
the next few weeks we will be reviewing Jesus' words recorded in John chapter 6.
This chapter has had many Bible scholars write volumes on the
subject of "The Bread of Life". It
is essential that you and I come to know what this term means, not only to
understand John chapter 6 but also for us to grow in grace and wisdom.
we are to properly understand what Jesus is talking about we have to know what
this phrase: "the bread of life" is all about.
When we get to a proper understanding of this term then we will have an
even greater appreciation for what Jesus is talking about when He says
throughout the 6th chapter of John, "I am the bread of
does Jesus teach us concerning “the Bread of Life”? Inquiring minds what to
know. Let’s ask four questions as we examine this phrase: what, where,
how and why.
is it? (Manna) -v. 35 " And Jesus
said unto them 'I am the Bread of Life: he that
cometh to Me shall never hunger:
and he that believes in Me shall never thirst' "
This "Bread of Life" is none other than Jesus Christ.
He came to give His life for this world. He came to give Himself.
does it come from? -v. 33 "For
the bread of God is He which
He gave up all the glories of heaven to come down to us.
The incarnation is what makes the Christian faith different then all
other world religions. John tells us "And the Word became flesh and dwelt
does one receive it? -v. 29 "Jesus
answered and said unto them: 'this is the work of God, that you believe on Him
whom He has sent' "
gift, a free gift.
"Grace" God's riches given at Christ's expense.
receive it? -v. 35 "
And Jesus said unto them 'I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to me shall
never hunger: and he that believes in Me shall never thirst' "
real and abundant life.
To be at
peace with God
that our life has purpose and meaning.
Soli Deo Gloria +