- Jesus is trying to teach about Himself with miracles – like the bread that came from heaven. Jesus is referring to Himself as the Bread that came from heaven.
- 4 main points:
1. The Bread from heaven
- He came down – different to other religions, where the god doesn’t come down but is too high to come down into the thick of our lives. But God did come, becoming flesh.
- If He didn’t come down then we would be left in confusion about who God is.
- You can know God personally through Jesus Christ. Do you know Him?
- God became vulnerable in this world, knowing it would cost Him His life. You can go to God knowing He has been there, known every form of vulnerability.
2. He satisfies the deep hunger we have
- Jesus is the only one who can satisfy the spiritual hunger we have for life.
- We try to find fulfilment in various places – family, friends, career, etc. But at the end of it all we are empty still.
- We have different ways of handling the emptiness we face – so many substitutes for the Bread.
- The first step alcoholics take towards recovery is admit they have a problem and are powerless. We need to do the same.
- Jesus is like the stimulant for life that we crave deep down. We receive true freedom and satisfaction from Him.
- God the Father had His seal of approval over Jesus, God the Son, and was pleased with Him – before Jesus did any miracles. God’s approval is not dependent on performance.
- Are you driven by fear of approval? If you accept Jesus, the Father accepts you and puts His seal of approval on you.
3. He gives life
- Jesus came down to give His life for us.
- This is brought to a climatic point at the cross – Jesus gave His life for us; He gave up His life to save us.
- God comes down and fulfils His perfect justice to pay for our sin, so we could come into relationship with Him.
- We can’t achieve salvation through merely trying to follow Jesus’ example.
4. He is to be received
- V.29 – in order to achieve salvation there is no work to be done but to believe and receive Jesus. It is finished!
- Jesus is a gift to be received.
- You don’t “sort yourself out” or “clean yourself up” in order to come to God – you simply come as you are and give all your baggage to Jesus!
- Seize the day!