Sr. High Sunday School 1/22/23
Have students take out their phones and give them 30 seconds to list as many types of bread, or bread type products they can think of.
At end of timer, select some to share their most and least favorite on their list, and why?
“Today, we’re going to look at a weird passage of scripture, where Jesus uses something really ordinary, to reveal his extraordinary will to save and satisfy those who are SPIRITUALLY HUNGRY
turn to John 6. We’ve skipped over a fair amount of info, so let me catch you up real quick. Jesus has already told Nicodemus about God’s love and how belief in Jesus as the Son would grant eternal life (John 3:16) He’s also already encountered the woman at the well, a woman who had a ton of baggage and pain, in whom He showed the same type of love that He had shown Nicodemus. This is big because we see that Jesus loves the screw up in the same way that He loves the person who seems to have it all together. and He has made it a huge point to tell His followers about His equality and Authority. But some people are still on the fence.
That brings us to John 6. Probably the wildest 24 hours that Jesus’s followers ever had.
Before we hope in, what are some things that happen at church, or that we say, that could seem strange to people who aren’t church people?
Now, considering that most of our lunches look different from a first century boy’s lunch, let me paint a picture. we’re talking a form of flat bread that would have been similar to barley bread, if you know what that is, or even like a tortilla. and we’re not talking about big juicy salmon that are pretty filling, but more than likely these fish would have been dried up sardines. Tiny little fish, with little to no meat.
Let’s read John 6:9-21
9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.
18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
So Here there are a few important things that we need to notice.
Jesus knows exactly what He’s going to do.
The story accounts for 5,000 people, but this was likely only the number of men present. rough math would multiply that number by a wife and 2 kids, so we’re looking at roughly 20,000 people.
How is it significant that Jesus used a little boy’s lunch and that He thanked God for it? (Vs. 11)
Barly was the poor man’s bread
This was a young man (childhood into early twenties), who would have often been ignored by adults (think about the time when the apostles tried to shew away the kids from Jesus feed)
What does it tell us about Jesus that He took a small lunch, turned it into a feast, and still had leftovers?
Jesus works in a way that doesn’t only meet the need, but exceeds it.
In the same way, for those of us who truly pursue a real relationship with Jesus, Our needs will not only be met, but will be exceeded!
We see here that Jesus is actually echoing Ruth 2:14
14 And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over.
What does Jesus’ miracle of walking on water reveal about him?
Jesus had told the apostles to go ahead of him that He would finish up, and rejoin them
Not only does Jesus go before us, but He will also stay behind to finish up what we can’t.
There are a ton of possible old testament allusions that Jesus could be using here. Like going back to Job 9:8, Psalm 77:16,19, and even Psalm 107:23-32
48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers 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. If anyone eats of this bread, he 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, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.
58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”
So the people who Jesus had fed got hungry again, and they started looking for Him. They knew that He hadn’t gotten in the boat with the Apostles, but they couldn’t find him there? So they Go to Capernaum and find him. Well they ask Him how He got there, but He basically ignores that questions, and addresses their motives for following Him. They were hungry.
What is manna? and why is Jesus talking about it? (Exodus 16)
Why was Jesus’s teaching hard for many to understand? what might it look like for us to make Jesus our true food?
60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,
Jesus is offensive to those who are half in
Jesus is offensive to those who are half in
6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
In this passage, we see that there are a ton of people who had been “following Jesus” who were deeply offended by His teaching.
The fact of the matter is that these people were more interested in what Jesus could do(Feed them), than who He was (God)
They were never able to look past their physical hunger to see that their spiritual hunger was a much bigger deal.
Did He feed them physically, yes, but was that His end goal?
What kind of “soul cravings” or “longings” do you see here, and in the world around you?
How could Peter’s words be helpful for others who struggle to understand God’s word?
67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,
Does in encourage you to know that Jesus can do great things when we offer what we have, even if it’s small?
What might it look like for us to look to Jesus every time our souls crave something?
What might it look like for us to believe in Jesus without fully understanding him?
What spiritual hunger are you experiencing? Where are you looking for salvation and satisfaction?