Day 216/260: Read John 6
There are seven times in the gospel according to John that Jesus says “I am,” describing Himself in figurative terms. The first, found in John 6:35, is “I am the bread of life.” Notice what Jesus says next about those who desire to partake in that bread: “He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
There are many in the religious world that teach the concept of inviting Jesus into your heart, but the Bible teaches just the opposite. Jesus invites us to come to Him. We are the ones who must move. We are the ones who must make changes. We conform ourselves to His life, rather than trying to make Him fit into ours.
What does it mean to eat His flesh and drink His blood? It is impossible to escape the thought of the Lord’s Supper here, but there is much more to it. Jesus says, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.” To eat His flesh and drink His blood is to take His words, believe them, and obey them. Then and only then can we truly abide in the Son of God.
He sets the terms. He is the Creator of the universe. He is the Savior of sinful man. We have no right to make demands on Him or to change what He has established in His Word.
At the end of this chapter, after many had left Him, Jesus asked His apostles, “Do you also want to go away?” Peter wisely answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
John 8:31. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.”
Pray for the humility to accept God’s Word at what it says without trying to modify it to fit preconceptions.
I. WHAT OPTIONS DOES MAN HAVE?
A. Corrupted Judaism (Matthew 15:8-9)
B. Corrupted Christianity (1 Corinthians 1:10; John 17:20-21)
C. Man-made religion (Buddhism, Islam, Scientology, Atheism)
II. ONLY JESUS HAS THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE
A. Perversions of the gospel are not another gospel (Galatians 1:6-8)
B. Affirmed by Jesus (John 12:48; Matthew 7:24-27)
C. The example of Peter and John (Acts 4:8-20)
III. JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD
A. We must not ignore His revealed will in favor of our own desires
B. Living in such a way that shows your faith (James 2:14-24)
C. Obedience is prompted by faith (Hebrews 11)
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I. THE OFFENSIVE TEACHING OF CHRIST
A. The Jews refused to believe (John 6:41-42)
B. We can partake of the bread of life because of His sacrifice on the cross (John 6:48-51; Philippians 2:5-8)
C. The literal interpretation (John 6:52)
D. Complete commitment: 24/7/365 (John 6:53-58)
II. THE DISCIPLES ASK A DANGEROUS QUESTION
A. “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” (John 6:60)
1. “Who can hear it?” (KJV)
2. “Who can listen to it?” (ESV)
3. “Who can accept it?” (NIV)
B. A discouraging question – what’s the point in even trying? (Ezekiel 33:8-9; Galatians 6:1-10; James 5:19-20)
III. THE WORDS OF JESUS CAN SAVE
A. Our responsibility to evangelize (John 6:63; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2)
B. It is not our ability, but God’s power (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 3:7)
C. Consider what the Word does
1. “Build you up and give you an inheritance” (Acts 20:32)
2. We are “born again…through the word of God” (1 Peter 1:22-23)
3. “Able to save your souls” (James 1:21)
D. Is anyone too corrupt to be saved? (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
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