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2011-05-15 Our Daily Bread

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by Stephen
15 May 2011 Sunday 

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Scripture Reading:   John 6:35-40

35 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.

36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.

37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

39 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.

40 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. "

 

Sermon

Let us pray:

Father, You are such a wonderful God. You are the only true God. You are the God of Salvation, and You sent your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us. Your prophets prophesied that unto us would be given a Son, and

His Name would be called Wonderful, because You are a God of wonders;

His Name would be called Counselor, because You are a God of wisdom;

His Name would be called Everlasting Father, because all our time is in Your hands;

His Name would be called Prince of Peace, because by His Blood,

we who are far have been brought near to the Almighty God. We are near to You today, to hear Your voice. As we read the Word of God, please speak to us by Your Spirit, and may we be forever changed, because You are our Rock, our Redeemer, and our Living Bread. We pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

  1 Greeting and Meditations

Good morning, everyone. I love to see your faces so much; I love to see you here so much, worshipping God, taking your Sunday time and consecrating it, and seeing God. I love you as my delight.

What do you say to someone who is dying? We have a friend and their child had cancer. And we grappled: what do you say? What can you say to someone whose child, not even a teenager, is facing a limited life span? I believe, as we study this passage together, that this passage will give you the answer that would make the difference in this child’s life and in your life. And I pray that you will come and agree with me, that you will look and you will see Jesus, and experience His love, more deeply than ever before.

 

 2 The Five Ms in John 6

  Our passage today is in John 6. Here is a very quick recap: when we were in John 5, do you remember what Pastor Jessica shared with us last Sunday? In John 5, she taught us that Jesus is our healer, and true healing, true healing is through faith in Jesus. After this passage, we are now in chapter 6, and I am going to give you an outline of what chapter 6 is, so that you can have a context in which to understand what God is trying to speak to us today. I have made it easy for you to remember, because it begins with M, M, M, M and M:

4 divisions Summaries
1-24 Miracles
25-31 Message
32-40 Messiah
41-59 Murmer
60-71 Murder

Do you like Ms? Well, here are some Ms you can enjoy when you study John 6.

 

(1)   Miracles (John 6:1-24)

 It starts with the first twenty four verses, with two miracles. John calls them signs. He says they are signs because they themselves are not as important as what they point to. And guess what do they point to? They point to our Lord Jesus Christ.

The first sign is the feeding of the five thousands, and Jesus says:”Do you remember why we celebrate Passover?” He says that the Passover was the celebration of celebrations, because we could memorize the deliverance. You were enslaved for hundreds of years in Egypt; I rose up a deliverer, whose name was Moses and he led you through the desert for forty years. And I fed you manna. And I am the same God who fed you manna; I am the same God who feeds you these loaves.

The second miracle is the walking on the waves in the wind. Jesus reminds his listeners Exodus was through the Red Sea; it was through the Jordon River.

I am the God who created the waters;

I am the God who walks on the waters;

I am the God who makes winds obey my command.

After all, it was by My very word that all that is seen and unseen came into being. When I spoke, the light and darkness were divided. When I spoke, the waters and the dry lands separated. By My word. By my spirit.

(2)   Message (John 6 :25-31)

The second M is the Message. Jesus questioned the followers’ motives. He said to them:” You are following me because of all the free food.” I like free food. But He says that you are following Him for the wrong motive. He says that you should labor, you should work hard, you should invest your life, not in food that perishes, but in food that will last forever. That was His message to them.

(3)   Messiah (John 6: 32-40)

 The third M: Then they said:” Well okay, that sounds like a great deal. Where can we get this food?” Then Jesus says-and this is what we were singing about, the Messiah-“I am the Messiah, and I will give you this food.”

(4)   Murmur (John 6:41-59)

The reason why they murmured was that they could not eat His words. Because Jesus said: “Eat my flesh. Drink my blood.” I am not a cannibal; I am civilized; I will never eat another man. So they murmured and murmured and murmured.

(5)   Murder (John 6: 60-71)

Finally, the last M is the murder: Judas Iscariot. Isn’t it funny? We started with five thousand men (perhaps twenty thousand, if you include children and women). We don’t know the exact number. We started with a huge and massive crowd. And at the end of the most loveliest sermons, we ended up with just Jesus and the twelve. And amongst them, was a murder, was a betrayer: Judas Iscariot. How things quickly changed.

 

 

3 The Four Ps in John 35-40

So let’s dive into our passage today. And we are going to look at four Ps in this passage:

35

Person of Jesus

37

Promise of Jesus

38

Purpose of Jesus

39

Power of Jesus

(1)   The Person of Jesus: I AM (John 6:35)

So verse 6:35, we read it together:

John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

This is the first of the 7 I-am-statements that Jesus makes in the Gospel of John.

  Seven I Am Declarations
1 I AM the Bread of Life
2 I AM the Light of the world
3 I AM the Gate of the sheepfold
4 I AM the Good Shepherd
5 I AM the Resurrection and the Life
6 I AM the Way, the Truth, the Life
7 I AM the True Vine

And what’s so beautiful about it? He starts off by telling them: I am God. Because “I AM” is the Name by which He identified Himself to Moses in the bush. Moses said: “You want me to go to Pharaoh? You want me, a shepherd, to free the slaves from the world power? Impossible! Whom? Whom shall I tell them that sent me?” and then God gave him this amazing Name: “I AM WHO I AM”. I AM WHO I AM? That’s a funny name. What does it mean? “I AM” refers to God’s living presence.

He is God not just of the past;

He is God of the present and He is God of the future.

He is with us, as you have reminded us. He is with us.

He is the eternal God from everlasting past to everlasting future.

He is God: I AM.

I am with you from the beginning; I am with you to the end.

I know the end from the beginning;

I know what is going to happen.

I know everything because I have been there and I am there and I will be there.

Jesus says: ”I am. I am the One who was and who is and who is to come. You will never be able to escape from God’s presence.” He came to be with us. He came to be with you. You will never ever be lonely.

That is what I AM means: the eternal God, the God who makes a promise, and the God who keeps the promise to the end. He is I AM because He says: ”Whatever you need me to be, I am. I am everything you need me to be.” Really? “Yes. I am your joy; I am your peace; I am your life, I am your love; I am everything you need me to be. That is why He says: ”I am.”

When we see life changes, sometimes it is a bit distressing, isn’t it? People change. Life changes. Things and events change. Our emotions change. What can we hold on to? What can we believe in? What is there that will stay the same? It is the great I AM. He is the Rock upon which we can stand and build our life. He is the Rock upon which we can find refuge and security, because He is the same yesterday, today and forever more.

So when life is at its worst for you, when life is at its darkest for you, when life seems to treat you in the meanest way possible, you know that you can find I AM, the great I AM, right beside you. And He says: ”Come to me, and I will hold you still.” The storms of life, the winds of opposition are no match for the great I AM. And that is the God that we have refuge and strength in. and then He says: “Not only am I the eternal God and the same God yesterday, today and forever, but I will also satisfy you. I will satisfy you.” Are you satisfied? Are you completely and perfectly satisfied? Are there things in your life that you would like God to come in and just to change? Perhaps you’ve got a boss who is a bully. Perhaps, for those of you who are married, you are having a really difficult time with your spouse. Perhaps, for those of you who are studying with a professor or a teacher, they are like tyrants to you. And you just wish things could change.

 My suggestion to you is to not to look for necessary changes of circumstances, but to look, look to Jesus, and let Him be the change in you that will make all the difference in your circumstances. God is in sovereign. Nothing happens by accident. Nothing takes in by surprise. Whatever is happening in your life, He knows, and He is not indifferent. He wants to be there with you, from the start to the finish. And you can count on Him.

Our Principle for this particular section is:

To have Christ is to truly have all.

Everything that you ever want or ever dream of is in Christ. Honestly, I am older than a lot of you, and as I look back on my years, I pursued many things. I have come to this conclusion that everything that I have ever dreamed of or ever wanted is only in Christ. Honestly, don’t wait till you are as old as I am to start wishing that things were different. Start today, by making God, the great I AM, your all and all.

Philippians 3:7-8 will help us make God our all and all. It says:

Philippians 3:7-8 Whatever was to my profit, I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

If you truly want God to be everything for you, then pray this every day. Nothing is more profitable, nothing is more important, than knowing Jesus Christ. Pray every day and it will become a reality, because God said:”My Word will not return to me without accomplishing its purpose.”

So that’s the person of Jesus.

(2)   The Promise of Jesus: I WILL (John 6:37)

John 6:37 “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”

Some very very beautiful promises, aren’t they? Such beautiful promises. In fact God gives us many many promises in the Bible. Focus on God’s promises. Just in this passage alone,

Satisfaction

He who comes will never go hungry

Satisfaction

He who believes will never be thirsty

Access

All given by the Father will come to Me

You were created for Me, says God to us. You were created to be with be with Me forever, and so I promise you that you don’t have to slaughter millions and millions of sacrifices; you can just come to Me because of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acceptance

I will never drive away all who come

Security

I shall never lose any of you.

Victory

I will raise him up at the last day

Life

All who look shall have eternal life

He promises life, eternal life, abundant life, fruitful life, good life, the best of life, the finest life. That is what you were created for.

So one of the wonderful things that you can do to keep God‘s promises alive in your life is to look for them and record them. As you read the Bible, look for the I-wills.

“I will.”” I will.”” I will.” ”I will.”

God has given you every spiritual blessing in Christ. And He will do it. Your thoughts are not reality; your thoughts are not guaranteed; your works and your wisdom are not guaranteed. But what is guaranteed is what God says. When He says: “I WILL”, it is true, and it will happen.

(3)   Purpose of Jesus: God’s WILL (John 6 :38)

You can see that Jesus has a very single-minded purpose in John 6: 38:

John 6: 38: “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”

The word that is repeated is the word “will”. Jesus came down to do the Father’s will. That was His purpose. Even though He is God, He didn’t come for His pleasure, or for His popularity, or for prosperity. Jesus says: “I came so that my Father will be glorified, that my Father’s WILL will be done.” And we pray that every Sunday: “Your will be done on the earth as it is in heaven”. Do you remember what He prayed in the garden? On that dark dark night, when His sweat was like drops of blood, He was praying: “Father! Father! Take this cup away from me! Take this cup away from me! But not my will, but not my will, but Your will be done. But Your will be done.

And I would like to suggest to you that this would be another prayer you should add every day as you pray. Because if you want to have a purpose and a focused life, like Jesus, a life that is focused on God’s will, then this prayer would help you to focus on what’s truly important.

In fact our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Our main goal, our main purpose in life is to glorify God and to enjoy Him. That is what we have been created for: to glorify God.

To glorify God.

It means to exalt Him, to magnify Him, to take a magnifying glass so that everyone could see Jesus.

Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!

Exalt Him, magnify Him, let everybody see Him, bright and beautiful and glorious and majestic. And as you are glorifying Jesus, you will enjoy Him. You will feel that pleasure of God just running through you, and you will see, Oh, life is good, because I love the pleasure of God running through me.

The application question is how we can keep God at the center. How can we make God’s will your defining center? It’s by saying:” I must decrease and Christ must increase. I must decrease and Christ must increase in everything.” I must give up my dreams; I must give up my ambitions; I must give up everything that I hold dear, so that my hands can be empty and ready to receive God’s abundance. If your hands are too filled with this world, you won’t have space for God. If your heart is too clattered, you won’t have space for God. You will be telling Him: ”I am sorry, there is no room within.” But you must release and empty and give up everything that you hold dear so that God can replace it with His very best. And believe me, God has a lot more in store for you than you can ever imagine.

(4)   The Power of Jesus: I SHALL (John 6: 39)

   When we talk about the power of Jesus, this reminds us of the 7 signs that we see in the Gospel of John. Do you remember the 7 signs?

 

 
Seven signs
Display Jesus' power
1
Water into Wine
Power over Quality
2
Healing the dying son
Power over Distance
3
Healing the lame
Power over Time
4
Feeding the 5,000
Power over Quantity
5
Walking on Water
Power over Creation
6
Healing the blind
Power over Darkness
7
Raising Lazarus
Power over Death

 

In chapter two He changes water into wine, showing that He has power over quality.

Later on, by His words (He didn’t even go, He just said: ”your son will live”), He healed a dying son. Can you imagine by His words He healed the noble man’s dying son? Thus He shows He has power over distance.

In our chapter last week, we learnt that this cripple had been in this condition for thirty years, and Jesus seeks him out. He found him and then He chose him, healed him and made him whole, showing us His power over time. Isn’t that so beautiful? The God we have come to worship has so much power. He has infinite power. He has almighty power. He has all authority in heaven and all authority on earth. Every dominion and power on earth has been placed under the feet of Jesus. So you have nothing to fear. The Bible tells us “Do not fear” three hundred and sixty five times. Do not fear! Do not be afraid, because I am your God. If I am for you, who can be against you? If I am with you, there is nothing impossible, or too great, or too difficult, because I am the God of impossibilities. I am the God of impossibilities.

When He fed the 5,000, He showed His power over quantity.

When He walked on water, He showed His power over creation.

When He healed the blind, He showed His power over darkness.

When He raised Lazarus, He showed His power over Death.     

John 6:39: “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.”

He is keeping power so that none of us will be lost, and He is the power over death. He is the power over death! Death is a great enemy. It’s fearful because with all our technologies, with all our medical advances and wisdom, we cannot solve death. We cannot solve it. I cannot change my friend’s son’s destiny at this point in time. I cannot. Why? It’s because we are powerless. But we have a great and awesome living God! And he says:” I have power over death, your greatest enemy. I can conquer it. You have nothing to worry about, nothing at all, because I have engraved you on the palms of My hands; your woes are forever before Me; your hope in Me will never be disappointed; those who trust in Me will never be ashamed, because I am your God, and I will keep you.” Sins may come, Satan may come, death may come, but they cannot take or extract you from God’s hands, because you are safe in the hands of the Savior. The same hands that made the sky and threw the stars, the same hands that founded the earth, the same hands that niched you together in your mother’s womb, the same hands that formed you and called you out of your mother’s womb, the same hands that stretched out on the cross, those are the same hands that say: ”I love you and I will never let you go. You are mine. You are my treasured possession forever. Nothing can separate you from my love.”

You had better believe it, brothers and sisters, because it is true.

John 6:40 is a summary and it says: 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 them up at the last day.

There are six Ss in this verse. Maybe you can find only one, but there are six.

Sovereignty in salvation

My Father’s Will

Scope of salvation

Everyone

Simplicity of salvation

Looks to, Believes in

Source of salvation

The Son

Security of salvation

Shall have eternal life

Seal of salvation

I will raise at the last day

The first is Sovereignty of God in salvation (My Father’s will). We are so lost that we can never ever seek God or desire God, so God said: “I will initiate, I will start and I will get this plan on the go.” What He did was that He sent His Son. He leaves heaven and comes to earth. Some of you may have taken an hour, or two hours, to come to church. You live a long distance from the church. Jesus crossed a very long distance to come down to us, from heaven to earth.

The second S is the Scope of salvation. Whom is this invitation for? The verse tells us: everyone. Even me, the worst of sinners? Even me, who loved darkness and hated God? Yes! The invitation is for everyone, everyone, no matter how bad, or evil, or wicked, the invitation is for you.

The third S is the Simplicity of salvation (look to and believe in). Since I am so wicked and in need of saving, it must be very difficult. Actually no. it is very simple. Even a child can look. Even a child can believe. Just look, Just look, Just look and keep looking. If you are a Christian, keep looking. If you are not a Christian, start looking. And you will see God, because He will honor your desire to know Him.

The fourth is the Source of salvation. The Source of salvation is the Son. There is no other name under heaven given to man by which you can be saved. Jesus Christ is the only way.

The fifth S is the Security of salvation (you shall have eternal life). When God says “shall”, it has all the force and guarantee behind Him.

The last S is the Seal of salvation (I will raise at the last day). He starts it, and then He seals it. He says: ”I’ve started a good work in you, and I am going to finish it. I am going to complete it. I am going to perfect it. Because you are my workmanship, I am going to put my seal of approval on you. ”

These are the six Ss in salvation.

We have a quick review of the four divisions.

35

Jesus’ Person

I AM WHO I AM

37

Jesus’ Promise

I will do what I have said

38

Jesus’ Purpose

to fulfill God’s will

39

Jesus’ Power

I shall do it

 

4 Application Questions:

Do you desire God in your life?

Do you desire more of God in life?

Do you desire God more than life?

Psalm 27: 4 is another prayer that I would like you to add to your arsenal when you pray in the morning. It goes like this:

One thing I ask from the LORD,

   this is what I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the LORD

   all the days of my life,

to gaze on the beauty of the LORD

   and to seek him in his temple.

 

Is this your heart’s prayer? Is this your heart’s desire? Jesus said:” I am the bread of life. I do not only want to be your spiritual nourishment or sustenance, I want to be part of you. I want to be in you and with you.” You know how we eat food and that food becomes part of us. Jesus doesn’t want to be something separated from you; He wants to be someone as close to you as ever possible. So He gave us His Spirit, who lives in us believers, and we will never ever be alone again.

 

 

5 Responses to Meditation

I told you in the beginning of the sermon about the dying child of my friend’s. He is not even a teenager yet. What will truly be something that we can say to this child? I think from what we have learnt today, we can tell this child that:

Jesus is the Bread of Life,

Jesus has the power to heal, to bring about His purposes.

Jesus has this perfect, perfect, perfect love that never gives up and never lets go.

Jesus is the power that overcomes sin so that we will never ever be separated from God.

Jesus is the power that overcomes Satan so that we never have to sin. We never have to sin.

Jesus is the power that overcomes death: on the last day, we will rise again.

So whether my friend’s son lives or dies, this year or not, he has the perfect hope that he will live again, perfectly whole, in the presence of Jesus.

You and I have the same question to answer: who is Jesus to you? He is Jesus, the Bread of Life, so that you too can enjoy eternal life. If you don’t know Him yet, I would like to invite you to really take a look into His beautiful and wonderful face and let the things of this world grow faint in the light of His glory and grace.

 

6. ending Prayer

Let’s pray very briefly:

Heavenly Father, we love you with all our hearts, with all our minds, with all our bodies, with all our souls. WE LOVE YOU! There is no other god in our hearts, because there is no room for anything else or anyone else in our hearts. We want you to be our God and you alone. No one else. No eye has seen, no ears has heard, no mind has perceived a God who is as loving, as compassionate, as gracious and as patient as you are. And we invite You today, Lord Jesus, to be our living Bread, moment by moment, day by day. Be our Daily Bread. Glorify Yourself through us and this church and in this nation of China. I pray that men, women and children will bow and admit that You are God, the One true God, the living and Almighty God. So thank you for my brothers and sisters here today, may they go forth from this place with joy in their hearts because they live in Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. We pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

 

Tip: Prayer for every day:

  1. Philippians 3:7-8 Whatever was to my profit, I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
  2. Your will be done on the earth as it is in heaven.
  3.  Psalm 27: 4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

 

Summary by Christine

Edited by Katherine

 

 

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Father, You are my Portion

Father, You are my portion in this life
And You are my hope and my delight

Jesus, You are my treasure in this life
And You are so pure and so kind

And I love You,
yes, I love You
Lord, I love You,my delight!

 

 


 

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