Classic Christianity – The Book of John P29 (04-11-23)
Jesus Declares, “I Am The Bread of LIFE”
~ Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:35-40
“And so when you’re asking a question, what do you do for Jesus? The answer is believe him, trust in him. The very Jesus that gave his life for you is the very Jesus who gave his life to you. And the reason he gave his life to you was to live his life through you. That means that if I’m going to allow Jesus to live his life through me, I gotta get out of the way, don’t I? I got to get out of action and let him get an action on my behalf. I have to realize that if Jesus wants me to live a life of faith, and I’m gonna have to live like Jesus lived, where he said, I don’t do anything unless the Father tells me to do. And I don’t say anything unless the Father tells me to say it. And incidentally, as a Father sent me, so send I you. That’s how you live your life just like a branch. How does a branch live his life? Abiding in the life of the vine.”
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And so when you’re asking a question, what do you do for Jesus? The answer is believe him, trust in him. The very Jesus that gave his life for you is the very Jesus who gave his life to you. And the reason he gave his life to you was to live his life through you. That means that if I’m going to allow Jesus to live his life through me, I gotta get out of the way, don’t I? I got to get out of action and let him get an action on my behalf. I have to realize that if Jesus wants me to live a life of faith, and I’m gonna have to live like Jesus lived, where he said, I don’t do anything unless the Father tells me to do. And I don’t say anything unless the Father tells me to say it. And incidentally, as a Father sent me, so send I you. That’s how you live your life just like a branch. How does a branch live his life? Abiding in the life of the vine. If a branch was asking the vine, what do you do, to do the work of the vine? He says, believe in me. Real simple, isn’t it. Abide in me, and I’ll produce the work in and through you, you’ll bear the fruit but you can’t produce it. But folks, you can’t do that, unless you’re indwelt by the one who produces it. That is the key Are you in dwelt by the one who produces the work because if you’re not, you got to produce it. There’s no option, you’re either going to produce it or ignore it. But if you’re indwelt, by the one who produces it, you can relax and be yourself. And quit trying to act like a Christian or a heathen, either one. And to relax and to let Jesus live his life and and through you, to be yourself. God gave you fingerprints that are unique to you, allow you to be you. And He will lead you into His path of righteousness, if you let him. Now, if you’re not trusted him, then you have no option except to be led by the flesh. But if you’re walking in the Spirit, we’re told you won’t fulfill the desires of the flesh. If you’re walking in the Spirit whose desires you gotta be fulfilling the desires of the Spirit. It’s not complicated. We’ve just made it complicated by trying to get in the way of Christ, who alone can live his life in and through us. So he said the work is this to believe in the one he has sent. And so they asked him, Well, what miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it? And believe you? What will you do? Now, guys, guess what these guys are getting that. They’re excited. They’re saying, I really got I’m just interested in what you’re saying. And I really want to know what miraculous sign that you’ll give to me so that I move to kind of like the feeding of the 5000. They’re still back to the food. They haven’t left the plate yet. They’re still back at the food. But they’re asking questions around it. Because they don’t want to just get and say, Lord, what I’m really interested, I came over here because I want fed. I don’t want to say that. So I’m gonna say all these other things we do that don’t we? And so if you’re saying what, what miraculous sign you’re going to give so that we may see it and believe you, what will you do? In other words, to show us that you’re really who you say you are. So they’re now going to explain their argument a little bit, our forefathers ate manna in the desert. As it’s written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Jesus said to them, I tell you the truth. It is not Moses, who has given you the bread from heaven. But it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. Now again, what’s he saying? There is physical bread. And there’s true bread. What’s gonna happen to the physical bread in due time? Going to rot. What’s gonna happen to the true bread? It’s gonna give you eternal life. Back again, he’s saying, there’s the physical. And there’s the spiritual. And I’m trying to teach you spiritual things using a physical illustration. You’re not getting it, but maybe one of these days you will. And so he’s saying Moses wasn’t the one who even fed you physically that was God doing that he just used Moses as a vehicle. But it’s my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. And who is that? Who is the true bread from heaven? Himself, Jesus. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven. And guys, if your mark your Bible, you can circle those things down. You’ll see him coming down from heaven. Jesus didn’t start here. He started up there. Jesus was eternal before all things existed was God with Jesus. He was always there. And so in the plan of God, He sent the Son to this earth and that’s what he is saying to us is the bread is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. Now, guys, again, why does the world need life? Because we’re dead, you don’t give life to someone who’s alive, do you? You give life to someone who is dead. Now again, that should tell us something about our condition, to the very people, he was talking to them, as well as people that he’s talking to today. That if you are in this world, you are alive physically, but until you accept the life that was sent down from heaven, that’s Christ, you are dead, spiritually, alive, physically, dead spiritually. For the bread of God, is he in other words, the bread of God is me, Jesus, who came down from heaven. And I give life to the world. Sir they said, From now, give us this bread. I don’t I still think they get it. Whatever this bread is that you got Give, give me some of it. I don’t care where it’s a bagel or what it just give me some of it.
Jesus declared, I am one of the seven great I am, I am the bread of life. I am your sustenance. I am the one that you can live on. And he who comes to me will never, ever, ever, ever grow hungry. You can eat bread. And in a few hours, you’re hungry again. When you feed upon me, you’ll never be hungry again. Every desire of your heart will be satisfied, in Me. Is that true guys? Is that true in your own life? I look for things on my life. And I’m always looking for something, aren’t you? Always looking for something. Something’s missing. Then when you come to Jesus, you found what you were looking for. And when you found what you’re looking for, you’re not out looking anymore. They’re not there to look for. You see, people are seeking the Holy Spirit. there isn’t anything to seek in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God already looks in you lives in you. And if somebody lives in you, what are you seeking him for? We’re not seeking the Father. Jesus said, I am the Father of one. If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father, what are you seeking the Father, for? If you have me, you have the Father. Well, I’m seeking an experience just like they were. Give me some more bread. He said you wouldn’t believe me. Even if someone came from the dead. And you don’t believe Moses, either. If you believe Moses, you would believe me because he wrote about me. And so the whole issue is that Jesus is our life. He’s identified as the bread of life, I’m your sustenance and he who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me, will never be thirsty. And folks, it isn’t the case, you can seek a deeper relationship with Christ. But you’re not going to seek it through another entity. I’m not going to get a deeper relationship with Christ by seeking the Holy Spirit or by seeking the Father or by seeking an experience. I’m going to get a deeper relationship with God by seeking Jesus to get and what do you mean seeking Him getting to know him, I don’t need to look for him. He’s here. He lives in my heart. And he’s given me his word. So everything that I need to grow in my knowledge of Christ, Jesus is in my heart, in my eyes and my ears in the book that he gave to us. So there anything to seek. Just begin to access what he’s already given you. But as I told you, you have seen me, he says, and still you don’t believe. I’ve told you that I am the sustenance of your life, that I am the bread of your life, I am the water of your life. And if you come to me, you’ll never be thirsty or hungry again. But then he says, as I told you, you’ve seen me and still you don’t believe. People are standing looking into the face of God Himself. And did not believe.
So I said, Blessed are those that have not seen that believe. How could you be looking into the face of Jesus? How could you see the miracles that this man has done and turn your back on it? Well, I guess the same way that you could I can take you out to a location and show you the most magnificent sight and one of them in the entire world. One of the most magnificent sights you’ll ever see in your life and you’ll never see it. Go to the Grand Canyon one of the most beautiful sight you’ll ever see in your life, and you’ll never see it. How? Just turn your back on it. That’s all you have to do is turn your back on. And you’ll never see one of the most magnificent sights you’d ever see in your life. Just turn your back on. And it’s the same thing with Jesus. All you have to do not to see Jesus, just turn your back on it.
Now, folks, we’re going to deal with some things here. Remember, God gives grace to who? The humble, but he resists who? The proud. What does the proud do? Turn your back. Why? Because Jesus came to give us what? Grace and Truth. The prides prideful, says, I don’t need your grace, and I’ll figure it out myself. I don’t need truth. As a matter of fact, don’t you understand I’m educated, I don’t deal in absolutes I deal in relativity? There are no absolutes. And for that I’m absolutely sure. I deal in relative things. I’m broad minded. I’m tolerant. I believe in many ways to God. I believe in all kinds of things. I don’t need your truth Jesus, your narrow minded, you’re bigoted. I don’t need your truth. You’re dogmatic. I hate dogmatic people. I wish that I could balance my checkbook with two plus two equal five and been able to do that, but wish I could. It’s too dogmatic. I don’t like those things. I like relative things. That’s more intellectual. Hit me in the face with truth and say, Well, maybe, maybe. How much evidence do you need?
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And he’s saying that he’s saying to us Look, you’re looking at me and you’re still not gonna believe in me. What happens in this day and age where we don’t see him? You hear about him. You hear about Jesus. Do people that listen do all people respond? Who responds? The humble. How’d you get humble? I don’t know a lot of different ways we get humble sometimes fallen flat on our face. Sometimes some of the trials and tribulations that we go through; divorce, loss of income. Like me the other day backing into a tree in the car, there’s all kinds of things. But that but the tree wasn’t there when I was backing it just moved over. There’s all kinds of things that make you humble. But the issue is he didn’t gonna you’re not going to come to him until you gather till you finally come to a spirit of humility that says, I can’t do it. Sometimes it’s working hard, trying to work hard to please God and you come to say I can’t do it. That’s what happened to that gentleman. I was talking to the other day just working himself to death. I know that I needed to work myself to death to try to please God. And we become like a hamster in a cage. We’re not doing a place we’re making good time. And you realize this isn’t working and I can’t do this. And when you come to a point where you say I can’t now you’re ready for the one who can. And so he says All that the Father gives May, will come to me. And whoever comes to me, I will never drive away. Now guys, we have to look at this and say, Okay, what does he mean here? We know what it says, What does this mean? All that the Father gives Me will come to me. So we know something here that the Father must give to Jesus, who he chooses to give to Jesus. Now, some people have taken that and said, well, then God just chooses who he wants to be saved. And he’s chosen you Bud, but but he doesn’t like Jim. Doesn’t matter what Jim does, it doesn’t matter what you do, you’re saved, and he isn’t. So go build the wall, don’t make a difference, not gonna make a difference to me. And some people believe that. That’s, that’s in Calvinism, where God chooses who’s saved. Now, again, let’s look at this passage. Who does God give grace to? The humble. So who does God give to Jesus? The humble. Who does he not give to Jesus? The proud. Why don’t you give them to him? Because they won’t believe. Very simple. I know whose heart is humble, and I know whose heart is proud as a rock, and to those whose hearts have become humbled, whatever the circumstance that made them that way, those I’m gonna give to Jesus so that Jesus can save them. So you’ve got three elements here, you’ve got in verse 37, where the Father must give to Jesus, the humble, you got an 6:44. And we’ll get to that in a moment where the Father must draw the humble to Jesus. And then in verse 64, where the Father must enable the humble to come to Jesus. And we have to realize who’s he doing that to the humble of heart, the people who have come to the end of their own sufficiency, the end of their own religious journey, and have come to the end of themselves to realize that I am not who I am appearing, giving my appearance to be. To a degree, I’m hypocritical because I’m pretending out here but deep under the skin, I know who I am. And I’m tired of it. I’m humbled by the fact that I can not pull it off. Have you ever been that way? I’m humbled by the fact I can’t do it. Seems like it’d be a simple thing to do.
You know what saved me? Looking in the mirror and realized I couldn’t love anybody. I used people. But I couldn’t love anybody. I used to look in the mirror and say, Bob, George, what’s wrong with you? You got a beautiful wife. Wonderful wife. You got wonderful kids. Why don’t you have the love? That I thought I saw on other people? What’s wrong with you? Why can’t you love? It wasn’t why did I go drink? Why did, everybody does that. My thing was, why can’t I love? Why can’t I love Amy the way that I should? Why can’t I love my kids? With a depth of love that I know is available to me. I don’t have to plug into it. Why? And that’s the thing. That’s what got me. That’s what brought me to the end of myself. It wasn’t my drinkin when all that stuff it was I couldn’t love. I didn’t know how to love. I told Amy a couple of times. I said Honey, I love you as much as I can love any human being but it didn’t very much. That doesn’t turn your wife on guys. But that was true. I’m just being honest. It was the thing I was saying it I don’t know what’s wrong with me. There’s nothing not to love about you. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, some wrong with me. I never thought there’s anything wrong with her. I knew where the problem was. It’s with me. Tender hearted. Hard as a brick. Hard as a brick. Amy would cry at a supermarket openly. I never cried. Men don’t cry. What happened back in July 1969? Came to Jesus. Now, boo, more than her. Now I’m sitting there saying what’s wrong with you? You idot? What are you crying at this movie for? Well, I tenderize your heart to give you a new heart. He said I’ll take that heart of stone out. I’ll put in a heart of flesh. give you something new that you’ve never had before. Where you can feel it got some feelings. You’ve got some consideration for other people. Prior to that time, guys, you’re just going through the motions.
So who does the Father give to Jesus? Those who have been humbled. Normally, what is it that humbles us? Our own failures are our realization that I cannot be the kind of man that I want to be not just who God wants me to be, I can’t even be the kind of man I want to be. And that humbles you. So he says, The Father gives Me, Whoever comes to me, I will never drive away is that good news. For here is, again, he said, For I have come down from heaven, not to do my will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me. And that was true, to the very end of his physical life, Father, not my will, but yours be done. And this is the will of Him who sent Me. We say, well, I want to know the will of God, this is the will of Him who sent me that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, and shall raise them up at the last day. Now, guys, what does that tell us about our salvation? What’s that tell us? This is the will of the Father. He’s identifying this is the will of God who sent me to this earth, that when you come to me by faith, I will lose none of you. And I will raise them up at the last day. For it as my Father’s will, again, emphasize what is the will of God, this is my Father’s will, that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life. Life, and I will raise him up at the last day. Now there again, guys, I will raise them up in the in the last day. Or I will raise them up in the last days. Which did he say? I will raise them up at the last day. Now he could have said I will raise them up in the last day. Couldn’t he? When you say either one of those. Yeah. If I was saying I will raise them up in the last day. What would I be referring to? The End Times. But if I’m gonna raise them up at the last day, what is your last day? When is your last day? The day you die? And I believe that is exactly what he is talking about here is I will lose no one. So when you see as we did two Saturdays ago with Wayne, our dear Brother Wayne, here, we saw a body but Wayne wasn’t here. Where was he? With the Father. How come? Because he raised him up at his last day. It is my Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life.
And folks, he did not say that it is my Father’s will that everyone who believes in Him and is baptized, and who joins the church and lives a good life will have eternal life. He did not say that. It is my Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and speaks in tongues and performs miracles will have eternal life. He said it is my Father’s will that anyone who looks, looks to the Son and believes puts his faith in Jesus. And what did Jesus come to do? Take away your sins at the cross to be raised from the dead in order to give you and me life eternal. And to anyone who looks to that Jesus. I’m gonna give him eternal life. And I’ll raise him up at the last day. At this the Judahites began to grumble. What kind of a heart was that message falling upon? A proud heart. A proud heart that says you’re not talking my religion. This isn’t what my religion teaches. I want something else. I, I am following my traditions. I’ve been following my interpretations of the Bible and you’re coming and saying my interpretations are wrong. And that just goes against my pride. So they began to grumble at him. Why? Because he said I’m the bread that came down from heaven. While they were grumbling at him, because he was saying, I’m the bread that came down from heaven, but what they were really grumbling at him about is when he said that when you believe in me, you’ll have eternal life. And if you’d look to me, I’ll give you eternal life. But we always go to another realm instead of getting to the root of what our problem is. And here they said, Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother that we know? How can he say, I came down from heaven? This is Joseph and Mary’s little boy. How can you say that? And Jesus said, Stop grumbling among yourselves. No one can come to me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him. So what are we talking about in this verse 44, the father was drawing. And I’ll raise him up at the last day again. Who does the Father give to Jesus? The humble. Who does the father draw to Jesus? The humble. He knows who the humble are. So he draws them to Jesus. And he says, I’ll raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, that they will all be taught by God. And everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. And so this is another thing. How are you going to come to Jesus? Listening to the Father. Now, how many of you have ever heard God speak? I mean, it’s his voice like Bob Davis, or is how many have ever heard God speak out loud? But how many have ever heard God speak to you? You see, God doesn’t use audible tones. God speaks in our hearts doesn’t he, gives with impressions that he puts on our hearts and our minds. And so he’s saying to us, that they will all be taught by God.
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Stand on the firmness of truth. Don’t keep going back and forth. Thank Him that the forgiveness issue is settled.
Let’s pray together:
- Lord Jesus,
- I thank you for taking away my sins on the cross,
- never ever to see them again.
- Having done that, I now thank you for giving me eternal life,
- through your resurrection.
- I now receive that life.
- And I am going stand in the fact that I am a child of the living God.
- In Jesus Holy name I pray.
All believers are now brothers and sisters in Christ.
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
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