18
Nov
2018

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.” [1] 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.” [2]

 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. From verses 33-51 Jesus refers to Himself as the Bread of God or Life 4 times

From verses 39-54 Jesus says He will raise us up on the last day 4 times

John 11:24 Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

 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.

It is interesting to compare the manna to Jesus Christ:

 (1) It came from heaven at night; Christ came from heaven when men were in darkness.

 (2) It fell on the dew; Christ came, born of the Spirit of God.

 (3) It was not defiled by the earth; Christ was sinless, separate from sinners.

 (4) It was small, round, and white, suggesting His humility, eternality, and purity.

 (5) It was sweet to the taste; Christ is sweet to those who trust Him.

 (6) It had to be taken and eaten; Christ must be received and appropriated by faith (1:12–13).

 (7) It came as a free gift; Christ is the free gift of God to the world.

 (8) There was sufficient for all; Christ is sufficient for all.

 (9) If you did not pick it up, you walked on it; if you do not receive Christ, you reject Him and walk on Him (see Heb. 10:26–31).

 (10) It was wilderness food; Christ is our food in this pilgrim journey to heaven.[3]

[3] Wiersbe, W. W. (1997). Wiersbe's expository outlines on the New Testament (227). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

14
Nov
2018

JOHN 6:22-34 JESUS SAID TO THEM, THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, THAT YOU BELIEVE IN HIM WHOM HE SENT

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       John 6:22 The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone. 23 There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate 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 small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. 25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?” 26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” 28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” 30 So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? 31“Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.’ ” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”  34      Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”

New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Jn 6:22–34). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

 In this section of Scripture we will see Jesus really come to the heart of the matter.  They want signs, He wants their salvation.  The want food, He wants faith. They want to work to please God. He wants them to come freely.  Jesus wants us to understand that He is the only way to heaven, that the signs written about in the Old Testament pointed to Him being the reality.  Jesus is the Living Water, He is the Bread from heaven.  Are you hungry, are you thirsty? Come to Jesus and He will satisfy your deepest longings and give you eternal life.

 

7
Nov
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL GENESIS 12 BLESSED BY GOD

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In Genesis 12 God said to Abraham, I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."  Just as Abraham was blessed so he could be a blessing to all the earth, the only reason we Christians have been blessed by God is so that we can do the same thing.  Are we living up to our calling as Christians to be a blessing to others or are we being a curse and a hindrance to others coming to Christ?

 

4
Nov
2018

JOHN 6.15-21 JESUS TESTS THE DISCIPLES

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John 6:15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.  16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. 18 Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. 19 So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. 20 But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." 21 Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.

 In this famous section of Scripture we will talk about Jesus walking on the water and what that means to us today.  We will see that Jesus does not always get us out of the storms of life, but He is there with us through them.  Jesus gave a demonstration of His power, and then He tested His disciples to see if they learned the lesson.  God is always testing us to see if we will trust Him no matter what goes on in our life.  I hope you have that peace that passes all understanding because you have asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and you know that when you go through the storms of life, He is in the boat with you.