Tag: Bread of life

Turning back?

Scripture reading for October 29th: Ezekiel 16-18, John 6

Key Scriptures: John 6:66-71 “After this many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray Him.”

Jesus had just given His disciples and followers a strong teaching declaring that He was the “Bread of Life” and that His followers would eat His “flesh” and drink His “blood”. He was not advocating cannibalism, but close communion with Him spiritually. At this, many disciples turned away. Jesus asked the “Twelve” about their commitment. It wasn’t that Jesus did not already know their decision. He was well aware that Judas was not a believer but a son of the devil. Because He loved him, Jesus was seeking to draw him to saving faith so that he would not be lost. He did not chase down those who had turned back, however.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, You alone have the Words of Life! I trust in You and desire to never turn back. Continue to draw me to You and guide me with Your Word to live out Your truth and share it with others.

Ezekiel 18:21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.”

Tags : , , , ,

Eternal Satisfaction!

Scripture reading for April 12th:  John 6, Psalm 74, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures:  John 6:35-40 “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.  But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent me.  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. 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.”

The Father’s will was a key thought in Jesus’ life.  Jesus came to earth do do the Father’s will, not His own.  Those who choose to believe in Jesus come to Him and will be eternally cared for, never to be lost, hungry, or thirsty again.  They come because the Father decreed that anyone who looks on His Son and believes would have eternal life and resurrection to life!

Faith Confession:  Jesus, thank You for the Father’s will!  I joyfully look on You and believe, receiving eternal life, satisfaction of my hunger and thirst, and security!

Psalm 74:12 “Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”

Tags : , , , , ,

Thankful for the Bread!

Scripture reading for November 3rd:  John 4-7

Key Scriptures: John 6:32-35  “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.  For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”  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 had just miraculously fed bread and fish to over 5000 men plus women and children.  Jesus left that region with His disciples but the people sought to follow Him.  They wanted more bread from heaven as a sign that He was from God like Moses.  Jesus stated that the Father had given them bread, not Moses.  Then He stated that He was the Bread of Life that would fully satisfy their hunger and thirst, not only now but forever.

Thankful for God’s Bread:  “The manna was like coriander seed and looked like resin.  The people went around gathering it, and then ground it in a handmill or crushed it in a mortar.  They cooked it in a pot or made it into cakes.  And it tasted like something made with olive oil.  When the dew settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down.”  (Numbers 11:7-9)

Tags : , , , , ,

Manna from Heaven!

Scripture reading for April 13th:  John 6

Key scriptures for over-comers:  John 6:26-29  “Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for Me, not because you saw the miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.  Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.  On Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval.”  

Jesus fed over 5000 men plus women and children and large crowds followed Him.  Jesus turned to confront them about their motives for following.  They wanted to be taken care of with more bread!  Human nature loves a free meal and plenty of it!  Jesus plainly told them not to work only for food that perishes, but to work for food that endures to eternal life.  He told them that they must eat His flesh–which was ‘real food’ and drink His blood, which was ‘real drink.’  This caused many to leave Him.  He was telling them that He alone was the source of food for eternal life.  They must trust fully in His broken body and shed blood to enter in!  The Father was drawing them!

Observations for over-comers: Our appetite for Jesus determines our spiritual health.  We must feed on this ‘manna from heaven’ and believe to eternal life!   “They asked, and He brought them quail and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.  He opened the rock, and water gushed out’ like a river it flowed in the desert.”  (Psalm 105:40-41)

Tags : , , , , , ,

The Bread of Life!

Scripture reading for May 10th: John 6:22-46

Jesus’ miracle of the multiplication of the bread and fish caused the crowd to search for Him the next morning.  After spending time alone in prayer late into the night, Jesus had walked on the lake and joined the disciples in their boat.  The crowd was mystified about how Jesus got across the lake.  Upon finding Jesus in Capernaum, they asked Him when He got there .  Jesus told them they were not looking for Him because of the miraculous signs, but because they ate the bread and were satisfied.  He told them not to work for food that spoils, but to seek the food that endured to eternal life which the Son of Man would give them.

Jesus’ instructions stirred a question in those who heard.  “What must we do to do the works God requires?”  Jesus answered, “The work God requires is this:  to believe on the One He has sent.” (John 6:28-29)   Jesus was emphasizing that man cannot do any ‘works’ to purchase salvation.  God the Father was only looking for humble faith, a trust in the One He sent, His Son Jesus Christ.  This was true then and remains the same today!  It is only by grace through faith that we please God.  (Ephesians 2:8-10)  We do good works that God prepares for us after receiving that grace through faith.

Some from the crowd asked Jesus for another miracle to prove He was the One to believe in.  They cited Moses and the manna from heaven that God provided for the children of Israel in the desert.   Jesus told them that Moses had not given them bread, but His Father who would give them true bread from heaven.  “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”  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.” (John 6:33-35)

Jesus Christ is the true Bread of Life!  In Him we have eternal sustenance.  We can commune with Him each day and truly satisfy our inner hunger and thirst for righteousness, peace and joy.  We must come humbly to Him and simply believe that He is the Son of God.  Have you found the Bread of Life?

Tags : , , , , ,

The Father’s Will

Scripture reading for November 2nd: John 6-8

After the miraculous feeding of the five thousand, Jesus drew a great number of followers.  They followed Him across the lake, and Jesus confronted them with their true motive:  they had eaten the bread and been filled. (John 6:26)  He warned them not to work for bread that spoils, but to seek the food that endures to eternal life, which only He could give them.  The miracle was a sign that God the Father had placed His approval on Jesus the Son.  This prompted them to ask Him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” (John 6:28-29)

Jesus spent a great deal of time telling His followers about the Father.  Jesus was the Son of God the Father, and knew Him well.  Part of Jesus mission was to reveal the Father to those made in His image.  The miracle of the bread and fish had impressed these followers and brought them the remembrance of the story of Moses and how bread was provided in the desert wilderness.  Jesus pointed out that it was not Moses who gave them bread, but His Father who gives the True Bread.  Jesus Christ, Himself, was this true bread that came out of heaven from the Father.  The True Bread gives life to the world.  These followers had a hard time grasping what Jesus was saying and asked for some of this bread again. “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.”” (John 6:35)

Jesus declared to them His Father’s will, “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.  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.” (John 6:39-40) Our Father is merciful and draws all men to salvation through His Son.  He has provided true Bread and an eternal thirst quencher!  All we must do is believe on the One He has sent!  It is so simple, yet so profound!  Are you doing the work that provides the Bread of Life?

Tags : , , , , ,