I AM: The Bread of Life

Dr. Jonathan Sloan continues our 7 week series on “I AM” statements made by Jesus.
The 2nd sermon is based on John 6:27-59 (link).

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Dr. Jonathan Sloan continues our 7 week series on “I AM” statements made by Jesus. The 2nd sermon is based on John 6:27-59 (link).

Call To Worship
Leader: Some of us come this morning wanting to be spiritually fed;
People: to be filled with the living Word;
Leader: We gather to feast on the Bread of Life;
People: the only bread that eternally sustains us.
Leader: Whether we come after eating a hearty breakfast, or plan a big lunch, it is not the nourishment of our physical bodies that gives us life and fulfillment, it is the Word of God.
All: Let us worship God!

Prayer of Confession
Dear God, we seek You in all aspects of our lives, but continually use other ways to feel satisfied. Some of us use drugs or alcohol to find brief moments of happiness; others work non-stop to find worth; stores are filled with people spending too much money on temporary distractions from life; even more fill their bodies with sugar and caffeine or the next best nutritional supplements, but still feel empty inside. Help us to rely on You, the Bread of Life, the One source of all that will give us joy, sustain us, and lead us to life everlasting…

Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Just as God sent the Israelites manna from above, God sent Jesus, Bread from Heaven, to satisfy and give us life through love, mercy and forgiveness.
ALL: Thanks be to God!

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John 6:27-59 (NRSV)

27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; 38 for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 39 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. 40 This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”

41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So 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 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” 59 He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.