Series B Pentecost 11
"
Everything you wanted to know about the Bread of Life"

August 27, 2000
John 6:27-35

INTRODUCTION: 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”.

For 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.

If 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 life".

What 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.  

1.  What 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' "

A.     This "Bread of Life" is none other than Jesus Christ.

B.     He came to give His life for this world. He came to give Himself.

2.  Where does it come from?  -v. 33 "For the bread of God is He which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world"

A.     He gave up all the glories of heaven to come down to us.

B.     The incarnation is what makes the Christian faith different then all other world religions. John tells us "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

3.     How 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' " 

A.   As a gift, a free gift.

B.    By faith.  "Grace" God's riches given at Christ's expense.

4.   Why 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' "

A.   To have real and abundant life.

B.    To be at peace with God

C.   To know that our life has purpose and meaning.

Conclusion: : what, where, how and why. This is Jesus Christ who came from the Father to give us real and abundant life. We receive Him by faith and we are granted the privilege to experience His amazing mercy and grace. Jesus is the Bread from heaven which gives life to the people of this world.

+ Soli Deo Gloria +