Jesus is all we need – He is the Bread of Life

 

No Ordinary Man: The Bread of Life

John 6:30-59

 

Our title today is No Ordinary Man – That is Jesus – but you have another “extraordinary man” in your life also.  Your earthly father.

Extraordinary means – very unusual or remarkable – you pick which one fits your dad best. Ha!

I have heard that people think that Father’s dad is an afterthought because of Mother’s and we don’t really need a day to honor Fathers.  Father’s day did begin several years after Mother’s Day celebrations but do you know the story behind Father’s Day?

Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

 

It is important to show honor and respect to our dads.  Thank him for all he has done in providing physical support, emotional support, and spiritual support for you as a kid, no matter how old you are.

 

When dad died two years ago a part of me died also.  I didn’t realize how much his support meant to me – the old guy in my corner was no longer there, the dad you rescued me from a fatherless home when I was only 3 days old, the guy who gave me everything I need to become the man I am today.  Who is standing in my corner now cheering me on?  Who has my back?  Who is proud of me?

When Dad is gone we lose a lot.  Appreciate the time you have and let them know – really know what they mean to you.  But like me you may not understand how much they mean to you until they are gone.

 

Some of you did not great dads and I am sorry you missed out.  Dad be a great father – keep working on being a great dad and granddad and great granddad – Be the father you wish you had so your kids don’t miss out on what you missed out on.  The way to learn how to be a great dad is by growing in your relationship with Jesus.

 

That is why we are here today – to learn about Jesus.

Last week we saw how Jesus resisted temptation and how we must resist the devil and his schemes.  One scheme of the devil is to destroy the family – dad, it is our job to make sure the family is held together.

 

Matthew 4:3  The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

 

Can I disagree with Jesus here?

Man must live on bread alone.  Not bread – like the manna God gave the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.

We must live on the Bread of Life

 

John 6:35  Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

Really that is what Moses told the people

Deuteronomy 8:2  Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3  He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

 

We don’t live by the physical we live by the spiritual.

That is why Jesus tells us not to worry.

Matthew 6:31  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

 

It is hard not to worry about daily necessities but if we keep seeking Jesus, the Bread of Life, we will understand we have everything we need.

 

Charles Allen in his book, God’s Psychiatry, tells this story:

As World War II was drawing to a close, the Allied armies gathered up many hungry orphans. They were placed in camps where they were well-fed. Despite excellent care, they slept poorly. They seemed nervous and afraid. Finally, a psychologist came up with the solution. Each child was given a piece of bread to hold after he was put to bed. This particular piece of bread was just to be held—not eaten. The piece of bread produced wonderful results. The children went to bed knowing instinctively they would have food to eat the next day. That guarantee gave the children a restful and contented sleep.
You can get a good night’s rest if go to sleeping holding on to the Bread of Life.

 

John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

Jesus is the Bread of our life; He is the sustainer and supplier of all our needs.

Are you holding onto Jesus for your peace and contentment in life or are you still looking for something else to satisfy.

 

Money can buy you a house, but not a home; money can buy you an education, but not wisdom; money can buy you a bed, but not restful sleep; money can buy you influence, but not respect; it can buy you medicine, but not health; a spouse, but not love; quiet, but not tranquility.             Despite the failure of money, power, pleasure, drink, drugs, or the host of other glittering distractions that promise peace and fulfillment but cannot deliver, we still scramble and claw to find our meaning in everything except Jesus.  Why are we so crazy?

 

We are just like the Jews in this regard.

John 6:30 So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” 32 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.

 

Jesus what are you going to give me?  Will you meet my needs and wants?

He has given us everything we need but we want something different, something better.

 

One author writes:             As a new Christian, I presumed Jesus’ main job was taking care of me. He led to me a job, roommates to share apartment costs, and a car that ran. But after a while my tastes got fussier. Like the Israelites waking up to manna every morning, I was tired of the same-old, same-old. I wanted a home with more privacy, a more interesting yet less stressful job, and a shinier new car. My list continued to grow. I wanted Jesus to perk me up when I was down, remove my difficulties, and make living a whole lot easier.             When those things didn’t come, I felt as if Jesus had walked away from me. What I didn’t realize was that He had put loving distance between us, just as He did with the crowd that night, knowing that they wanted to force Him to be king. For me, and for them, it took a stormy night to point out why those expectations were off base.

 

Do you want the Bread of Life?

If we are not relying on Jesus, the Bread of life who are we relying on?

We must surrender our lives to God, rely on the Bread of Life for all of our needs.

That involves surrendering all of our hopes, aspirations, and expectations, as well as the pretended control we think we have over the things and people in our life, and investing our future with God.

 

That is why God commanded Abram to leave everything in Ur and follow His lead to the Promised Land.

Genesis 12:1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.

 

Abraham is the example of faith and righteousness.

            Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country;

 

            James 2:21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.

 

Abraham’s faithfulness all began with one step.  He obeyed and went away from his home country.  That led to a life of obedience.  Are you living a life of obedience?

 

What is God calling you to leave?  What is He calling you to leave behind?

Yes it is hard, don’t you think it was hard for Abraham.

But look at the blessing – he was called a Friend of God

 

The early disciples left everything and obeyed too.

Jesus told His disciples to leave their families and professions to follow Him.

            Matthew 4:18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

 

Peter said they left everything (Matthew 19:27).

 

Do you think leaving everything made sense to Abraham or to the disciples?

It does not have to make sense to us for it to be the right thing in the eyes of God.

Do you want the Bread of Life?

Remember the rich young ruler; he wanted eternal life but he was not willing to do what Jesus asked him to do.

 

            Luke 18: 21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!

 

We are the rich man who does not want to leave our life behind and follow Jesus.

 

Are we any different than this crowd in John 6.

John 6:66  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

 

They could not and would not accept that they had to rely on Jesus, the Bread of Life.

They wanted the physical care that Jesus gave but not the Spiritual.

What do you want?

 

As we rely on Jesus as the Bread of Life we will feast at His table.

It does not make sense but really surrender and see it I am lying.

But the real banquet is not here and now but in the near future.

Four times in this short passage Jesus tells us what He is going to do.

 

John 6:39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that 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 him up at the last day.”  …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.  …54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

He is going to raise us up on the last day.

But to be raised up we have to look to the Son and believe, be drawn by listening and learning, eat His flesh and drink His blood (a foreshadowing of the Lord’s Supper).

 

We have two choices: to be raised up on the last day or to turn away and not follow Jesus.

 

It is your choice.

Do you want Eternal Life or Eternal death?

What step do you need to take to begin a life of obedience?

 

Are we like the hungry orphans who the allied armies gathered and cared for?

During the uncertain times of life of stress and turmoil we cannot rest.  We have no peace and no contentment and fear tomorrow.  Even though we have plenty of food, a nice house, a nice car, more clothes than we can wear we rest poorly.

Finally, they heard and practiced the solution.  Each night before they went to bed they focused on the Bread of Life and each morning they surrendered their day to Jesus, the Bread of Life, the supplier and sustainer of all.  Then the people had peace and contentment in the midst of the stress and turmoil of life.

 

If that is what you want then take hold of Jesus today.

Rely on Him

Surrender your life to Him

Believe, Repent, Confess, Be Baptized

 

Will you decide to follow Jesus?