The Bread of Life
The Gospel of John was “written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31) One of the ways that John chose to reveal Jesus’ identity to his readers is through the seven “I am” statements that Jesus makes throughout the book. Each of these statements reveals something about who Jesus is. The purpose of this sermon series is to magnify the greatness of God in Jesus by seeing Him for who He says He is, so that we and our hearers “may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
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We encourage you to spend some time with God this week and go a bit deeper on this topic. Please consider these study questions for further reflection:
Jesus said, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." (John 6:35) In saying, “I am the Bread of Life,” Jesus is claiming to not only be divine, but also the only one who can truly satisfy our soul! What are some things besides Christ we hope will satisfy us?
In verses 53-59, Jesus turns up the heat. He tells the crowd that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood. What must the people listening have thought when they heard this? What imagery does it call to mind for us today?
In John 6, Jesus previews Communion, where we “eat the body and drink the blood” of our Savior, and repeatedly promises to raise those up who do so. In communion, we say that we “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” Have you ever connected between communion, Jesus’ return, and the resurrection & ultimate fulfillment of all his promises? (John 6:39-40, 44, 54; 2 Corinthians 1:20; 1 Corinthians 15:52-57)
In what ways do people tend to make the fulfillment of Jesus’ mission and promises more about this life than eternal life? How often does the hope of the resurrection come to mind? (Psalm 20:7, Hebrews 11:13-16, 1 John 2:15)
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (John 6:51)