Putting God's Word into Practice…

John 6:22-71 Bread and Belief

on May 22, 2012

This passage makes for interesting reading–especially if you try to put yourself in the crowd as you read.  

Notes on Verses 22-36:

God gives bread:  He gave manna to the Israelites in the wilderness, He multiplied the loaves at the feeding of the 5,000 and He gave Jesus-the Bread of Life.

God fulfills our needs and sustains our life.  Everything is from Him!  To be disgruntled about the gifts is offensive to the Giver.  Am I offending God in any way by being discontent or ungrateful?

Notes on verses 37-47:

Jesus came to the Father’s will; not His own.  What is the Father’s will?

  1. That all who come to Christ will never be cast away or be lost (37-39).
  2. That everyone who looks to and believes in Jesus will have eternal life (40).

How does that happen?

  1. We are drawn to Jesus by the Father.
  2. We come to Jesus and look on Him–His perfection and His sacrifice.
  3. We believe that Jesus is God, came from the Father, and that His sacrificed life and shed blood is all we need to be satisfied and to receive eternal life.

Notes of verses 48-71:

Jesus taught a hard truth, that unless we eat his flesh, feed on His flesh and drink His blood we cannot have eternal life.  Sounds a little vampire/cannibal-esque.  But Jesus did not men it literally.  No one by drinking blood will live forever.  

When we eat something it is because: a. We need it for survival. b. It is good. c. We are hungry.  Am I “hungry” for more of JEsus?  Do I believe He is my strength for living?  Do I taste His goodness?  Or do I take offense at the thought that Jesus alone satisfies and sustains?  Do I walk away from Him in search of other things to satisfy me?

Lord, let me say to Jesus like Peter, “Where else would I go? You have the words of eternal life.  I believe and know you are the Holy One of God.”

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