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2.5.10 2.4.2018 John 6.26-40 Meal time with the Master

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The Most Dramatic Picnic in History…

▾ Start: The Most Dramatic Picnic in History…
• 1 Entice: The goal was not notoriety…but lunch. Whatever his name he carried the most famous brown-bag lunch ever. By
1 Entice: The goal was not notoriety…but lunch. Whatever his name he carried the most famous brown-bag lunch ever. By the time we get to the boy and his lunch in , the disciples were in deep water. Their big day became a big headache as they tried to mollify a hungry crowd. Acting as good lieutenants they stated their objections (too costly!) to Jesus' simple directive to feed them. Then they introduced the lad with his pickled fish sandwich and the rest…is History.
the time we get to the boy and his lunch in , the disciples were in deep water. Their big day became a big
headache as they tried to mollify a hungry crowd. Acting as good lieutenants they stated their objections (too costly!) to
2 Engage: What were people really looking for, when they came to Jesus?
Jesus' simple directive to feed them. Then they introduced the lad with his pickled fish sandwich and the rest…is History.
• 2 Engage: What were people really looking for, when they came to Jesus? What was their real hunger? We are still asking

What was their real hunger?

that question after 20 centuries. When they saw Jesus' sign, they misread it. They wanted to parlay His ability into power
We are still asking that question after 20 centuries.

What is our real hunger?

When they saw Jesus' sign, they misread it. They wanted to parlay His ability into power and influence. Because the hungry crowd became a rioting mob Jesus withdrew. And the Chase was on! His disciples rowed the waves and he strode them to catch up. And the mob came on; motivated by a hunger they barely understood they instinctively sought in Jesus the solution to a need they could not name.
and influence. Because the hungry crowd became a rioting mob Jesus withdrew. And the Chase was on! His disciples
3 Expand: In the 21c we are just as blind to our true need as they were. We chase Jesus like He is a circus clown offering temporary tricks and impermanent nutrition. The miracles He performed were not for show. They were signs of God's presence-call it
rowed the waves and he strode them to catch them. And the mob came on; motivated by a hunger they barely
understood they instinctively sought in Jesus the solution.
• 3 Expand: In the 21c we are just as blind to our true need as they were. We chase Jesus like He is a circus clown offering

“Emanuel-ness”

temporary tricks and impermanent nutrition. The miracles He performed were not for show. They were signs of God's
signs that our aching, internal, spiritual needs could be met but first we had to
presence-call it Emanuelness. They were signs that our aching, internal, spiritual needs could be met but first we had to

They were signs that our aching, internal, spiritual needs could be met but first we had to hear with ears of faith, see with eyes of belief, and taste the texture of grace.

hear with ears of faith,
hear with ears of faith and see with eyes of belief.
see with eyes of belief, and
taste the texture of grace.

4 Excite: Are you hungry?

Are you hungry?

• 4 Excite: Are you hungry? Not with an aching belly but an aching heart? Maybe you are filled now but still remember when
Not with an aching belly but an aching heart? Maybe you are filled now but still remember when your hunger pains of spiritual longing kept you up at night. Are you hungry not for spiritual junk-food that makes promises it cannot deliver but with the pure, eternal, filling, everlasting bread of life.
your hunger pains of spiritual longing kept you up at night. Are you hungry not for spiritual junk-food that makes promises it cannot deliver but with the pure, eternal, filling, everlasting bread of life.
Explore:
promises it cannot deliver but with the pure, eternal, filling, everlasting bread of life.

Your hungry heart can only be filled with Jesus the bread of life.

• Explore: Your hungry heart can only be filled with Jesus the bread of life.
Explain: The bread from heaven can satisfy us because…
• Explain: The bread from heaven can satisfy us because…

1 It is Fresh.

John 6:26–27 ESV
26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
▾ Body of Sermon:
1.1 Seeking the healthy option.
▾ 1 It is Fresh. vv. 26-27
• 1.1 Seeking the healthy option.
1.2 Seeking the enduring option.
The bread from heaven can satisfy us because…
• 1.2 Seeking the enduring option.

2 It is Filling.

▾ 2 It is Filling. vv. 28-35
John 6:28–35 ESV
28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing 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, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who 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 shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
John 6.
2.1 …Because a hearty meal is not "easy."
▾ 2.1 …Because a hearty meal is not "easy."
• 2.1.1 In an age of easy believism we have spiritual famine.
2.1.1 In an age of easy believe-ism we have spiritual famine…Why?
• 2.1.2 Easy believism is the Chinese food of Christian Experience. You eat your fill and then two hours later you are hungry
2.1.2 Easy believe-ism is the Chinese food of Christian Experience. You eat your fill and then two hours later you are hungry again. There was a lot of that along the lakeshore that day. They want one meal after another. One more miracle, one peak experience piled upon the next. Fresh bread is not just about Jesus providing it is about us being filled.
again. There was a lot of that along the lakeshore that day. They want one meal after another. One more miracle, one
peak experience piled upon the next. Fresh bread is not just about Jesus doing it is about us being filled.
2.2 …Because the issue is not our emptyness…but Jesus fullness!!!! v 35
The bread from heaven can satisfy us because…
• 2.2 …Because the issue is not our emptyness…but Jesus fullness!!!! v 35

3 It is Forever.

3 It is Forever.

John 6:36–40 ESV
36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 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 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
John 6.
▾ 3 It is Forever. vv 36-40
3.1 Enduring Relationship.
• 3.1 Enduring Relationship.
3.2 Enduring Mission
• 3.2 Enduring Mission
3.3 Enduring Plea.
• 3.3 Enduring Plea.

Hungry?

▾ Shut Down:
Jesus gives us eternal satisfaction.
And gives us every day a fresh batch of filling bread to nourish our spirits.
Each Lord’s day we symbolize this provision around the Lord’s table...
Anticipating the marriage supper of the Lamb and the eternal end of the gnawing hunger of our race.
He has broken the bread upon the hills, His body was broken on the cross, He invites you to His feast. Won’t. You. Come?
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