As we are being challenged to read and study the book of John, I wanted to share some of my personal sermon notes with you to help you understand the book. I preached through the entire book over the course of 1 year when I pastored First Baptist Church Del Rio. Enjoy!
Introduction—Last Sunday, we fed our souls with the Word of God, asking God to show us what our souls really need. We found out they need to fed daily, with a freshness like never before. In order to do this we also found out that it takes a lot of hard work. Feeding our souls with the Word of God.
This morning I want to continue that same aspect of feeding our souls in what I call part 2. As you will see today, we are going to learn in a more practical way of how to actualize feeding our souls. Real ways of doing it so it is not just an exercise, but a lifestyle. Jesus is very clear as He explains to us how to feed our soul in our text today.
Stand & Read John 6:41-59
At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”
43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
- To feed your soul, get rid of your doubt—vs. 41-43, 52
- Doubt is a soul clogger. It can stop you from realizing God’s will for your life. Doubt is what I call a “party crasher.”
- If you really want your soul to be fed with the spiritual food you need, then to get rid of the doubt.
- How do you do that?
- Stop trying to shoo your doubts away. You just tell yourself, I am going to start thinking more positive.
- Replace you doubting thoughts with Scripture—Phil 4:8-9 says: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
- Put the Word of God into practice. If you hear anything today, hear this: Put the Word of God into practice.
- Exercise your faith. When you start to doubt, hurry up and begin exercising your faith. Pray, read the Bible, listen to worship music, etc.
- Remember that our battle of doubt is not physical but it is spiritual—Ephesians 6:12 says: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
- The people are grumbling about who Jesus is saying He is.
- This still goes on today, doesn’t it? Look at verse 42 again with me. I see them talking under their breath in my mind’s eye. Is this the same guy who is the son of Mary and Joseph?
- Jesus is claiming to have come from Heaven, and they just have so many doubts, don’t they.
- Can you hear them saying, “can you believe this guy?” Came from heaven. They are thinking with the carnal mind or the human mindset.
- Jesus is ok with many people today, as ling as He doesn’t require anything from us, we like Jesus.
- God Himself is speaking to them and they are doubting. Why do you think that this is going on. After all, the people of that day did study Scripture, and follow all the religious holidays, and did their community duties.
- They saw the world from a human viewpoint, and not a spiritual viewpoint. They said this is Jesus, son of Mary and Joseph. I know this family, I played basketball with him (it doesn’t say that), and I not sure what He is talking about. All they could see was the physical.
- Jesus said to stop grumbling. When the King of Kings says for you to stop complaining, you better do what He says. If He is tired of your grumbling, doubting, whining, ungrateful attitude, you know there are a lot of others that are tired of it as well.
Application—If you want a satisfied soul, get rid of the doubt and believe God.
- To feed your soul, allow God to draw you to Himself—vs. 44-51
- God wants you to be a follower of Him. He is the One who searches for you. He is the One who initiates the contact. He is the One who goes after you. He is the One who loves you. He is the One who sent Jesus Christ to be the bread of Life. He is the One who wants you to be eternally with Him. He is the One who has done it all! God draws you to Himself.
- He knows what you soul needs.
- The reason He draws to Himself is so that you can have eternal life. He says in verse 44 that we will be raised up with Him on the last day.
- God also draws us to himself so that we can be taught by God. He says in verse 45 that we will hear and we will learn from God. That teaching is through His Holy Word by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- I pray that this morning you are being drawn to God as you are learning through the teaching and the hearing of God’s Word.
- Romans 10:17—Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word about Christ.
- God draws you to Himself so that you may believe in Jesus. Jesus is not for everyone because some of you are just too cool for Jesus. Others of you are too prideful for Jesus, and some of you are too smart for Jesus. But God still draws you so that you have an opportunity to become a child of God through a relationship with Him it says in verse 47
- In verse 48, we see this statement I AM the bread of life. John has been very specific throughout our study of this Gospel. I hope you catch that. I AM is given by God Himself as his name. Moses had finished meeting with God in Exodus 3, and now Moses was to face the people to give them instruction. He just wanted to be clear so asked God who do I tell the people has sent me? God said tell I AM has sent you.
- So here in our text Jesus is making His deity known when He say I AM the bread of life.
- In verse 51, He says I AM the living bread of life. Not just a small expansion of I AM the bread of life, but the living bread of life. This group was obviously not getting that Jesus was the way to the father.
- Jesus explains Himself in verse 51 as well. He says if you eat of this living bread you will live forever.
- God is the One who draws you to Himself. The Way to is through Jesus, the living bread of life which leads to eternal life.
Illustration—Chapas bakery—the first time I went there I found the bread. As good as the bread is, it is just bread. When I drive by the store, it draws my attention. It wants me to stop. As funny as that sounds, that is what God means when He says I draw you to myself. He wants us to be attracted to His Son Jesus so that we can accept the free gift of the Living Bread.
Application—Has God been drawing you to Himself in order to feed you soul?
- To feed your soul, except the Truth of Jesus—vs. 53-59
- This is the key application to a well-fed soul. You must, and I say must because there is no other way. You must partake, you must receive, you must accept, and you must believe. You have to believe the truth of Jesus.
- Many times Jesus is presented as kind, loving, beautiful God that we can pray and spend and eternity with Him. All true, I am not down playing that part.
- The total truth is as Jesus is explain here that we must believe in His cruxifiction and resurrection in order to be a follower of Christ
- The passage here in verses 53-58 are very explicit because of the doubters and grumblers that were around. Jesus says you must eat His body and drink His blood. He is not talking about communion here. He is letting us know that He will be crucified and will die a horrific death in order for us to live. Jesus was very forthright and truthful.
- Your soul needs the greatest nourishment available and that is the living bread of Jesus Christ.
- Feed it with the Truth. Know His Word! Believe in His death and resurrection.
- Easter is 4 week away. We will be celebrating the Resurrection! Did you know that during Easter and Christmas, most people are open to the Gospel? I believe, it is like when this passage was written. People like festivals, holidays, and parties. Easter is one of those times.
- We should take advantage of the opportunities given us to talk to others about Jesus.
- Here is an example—casual conversation. Have you seen all the Easter goodies in the stores recently? Yeah. Candy, stuffed animals, and cute clothing. Yeah I know. Isn’t is amazing that we are celebrating Jesus resurrection? Yes-what? You know Jesus’ resurrection. Will you be going to church to celebrate? Yes I go to church on Easter. How about regular church involvement?
- I will be preaching a 3 week series entitled “Heaven Is For Real.” The series will be loosely based on the book of the same title and the upcoming movie also with the same title. April 6, 13, and 20.
- You should invite your friends and family to come not just on Easter but this could be a way for them to come more that just Easter. You are just taking advantage of the awareness of Easter that all the other monopolies have done. There is one big difference though; we will be offering a living bread that will feed their soul into eternity.
Application—Have you accepted the truth about Jesus the Christ today?
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,