5/7/17 – Ending Hunger with the Bread from Heaven

John 6:22-40 ESV
22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten 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 boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, 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 from heaven to eat.'” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever 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 whoever comes to me I will never 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 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

A. The crowd of 5,000 wakes up and starts to look for Jesus because they are hungry again.
B. Jesus uses their recurring need to fill their stomachs to discuss their need to be filled permanently, spiritually.
C. They have to work for their food. They simply exercise faith to have spiritual fullness.

A. God provided the Jews with bread from heaven in the past, which pointed to Jesus, God’s perfect bread from heaven.
B. They want to a continual supply of bread so they can always be full. Jesus offers to continually fill them forever with Himself.

A. We are all born searching for something. Something that will fill us up.
B. To satisfy our hunger we will do and turn to almost anything.
C. Everything we try to fill ourselves with besides Jesus, is a meal that doesn’t last.

A. Jesus promises to keep feeding us even when we aren’t sure He will.
B. Jesus ends our quest for salvation but He also starts and completes our salvation as well.

1. Measure your Christianity by how satisfying you find Jesus.