14
Apr
2011

John 6:33-51 Jesus Said To Them, I Am The Bread Of Life

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33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” 41 The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” 42 And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” 

In this great section of scripture, Jesus tells them He is THE BREAD OF LIFE and He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. This is the greatest truth of the Bible that Jesus is God and He is the all satisfying Savior. All the wants and all the desires we have are met in Him. A song was written that says I can’t get no satisfaction, I try and I try and I can’t get no……Satisfaction. I have a picture that has a woman on it with a hole where her heart is supposed to be and some little birds with their beaks open crying out feed me. At the top of the Picture, it says Secretly and at the bottom it says Starving. This is the greatest picture I have ever seen of the human condition. We all are secretly longing for something to fill up the hole where our heart is, that God shaped vacuum that the great mathematician Pascal said we all have, and the only thing that will fill us up is Jesus. In Colossians 2:10 it says we are made complete in Him, this means without Jesus WE ALL are incomplete and no amount of money, drugs, sex, material goods, alcohol, or any other man made thing will satisfy us, only Jesus. Have you come to Jesus and found that satisfaction that can only come from being saved and made whole. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.


6
Apr
2011

James 1:14-15 Tests and Temptation Part 3

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14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. [1]

As we continue our lengthy discussion on the subject of temptation we will begin to see it all begins in the mind. God allows us to be tested and tempted, but the temptation comes from the devil and he plays on the inward desires that we have for all kinds of pleasure. God wants to see how much we really love him. Are we satisfied in Him or do we go elsewhere to meet what we think are unfulfilled needs and wants? It really is a battle for our mind, which is why we are bombarded everywhere we go by so much junk that we see, or told that we need. It all began in the garden with Eve and the devil and it has been happening ever since. The devil tells us that God is holding out on us and we believe him. God only withholds from us that which is not good for us or we are not ready to handle. He only has our best in mind. The old show on TV had it right, Father Knows Best. How about you, are you satisfied with all that God has given you, or do you want your way?


[1] The New King James Version. 1982 (Jas 1:14–15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.