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Our All Sufficient Jesus

Our All Sufficient Jesus

 

 

John 6:1-14, 25-40

Opening verses to note and contemplate

  • Psalm 34:8 -   O taste and see that the LORD is good;

            How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

  • Matthew 4:4 -   4But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
    • Life for man is not merely bound up in the physical world.
    • God always has been our source for life and He forever will be our source for life.

 

 

Our text

 

 

 

  1. John 6:1-7 – Jesus will lead us into situations in which He can reveal His unlimited power and resources.
    1. Jesus is creating a teachable moment in which to reveal His sufficiency.
    2. Philip responds in much the same way as many of us would respond. “This is, practically speaking, an impossibility in regard to our resources.
      1. This task would require far more than 200 days wages.
    3. Jesus presents a situation in which His disciples must look to Him.
    4. Just because our resources are limited does not mean we should not set our standards high. When we walk with Jesus we need to set our goals as high as He leads us to set them.
  2. John 6:8-9 – It is not wrong to realize your limited resources in presenting your need before the Lord
    1. Perhaps Andrew is beginning to clue in that Jesus is up to something. So he highlights the only fact that might have some relevance in the situation.
      1. It is not wrong to present our lacking resources to Jesus.
        1. Hezekiah took the letters of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, into the house of the Lord and pleaded for the Lord’s protection (resources). (II Kings 18)
  3. John 6:10-14 – Jesus reveals that He alone is sufficient for every need.
    1. He takes their meager resources and multiplies them exponentially. (2x2 =4, 4x4=16, 16x16=256…….)
    2. Everyone had as much as they wanted.
    3. There were plenty of leftovers.
  4. John 6:25-34 – Jesus reveals a fundamental problem with the crowd’s world view.
    1. Men think independently from their God. Their desire is merely physical, temporal.
    2.  When men do recognize their God it is often in the context of Him providing their physical needs.
      1. They revered Moses for providing for the bread in the wilderness even though they knew it came from heaven.
    3. Jesus turned their attention toward true spiritual reality, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’
      1. Man apart from an intimate relationship to his God is hopelessly tied to that which will perish.
      2. Jesus taught them that it is God the Father who has always provided for them. He ultimately did this in order that they may look forward to the one Gift (namely Jesus) that would provide life for them even beyond the grave to eternity.
  5. John 6:35 – Jesus is our ever present need.
    1. “I AM”
      1. Exodus 3:13-14 - 13Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”   14God said to Moses, “ £I AM WHO I AM”; and He said,  £“Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
      2. This is a statement from Jesus that He is the eternal Son of God, creator of the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them. He transcends time. He is ever present.
    2. “the bread of life”
      1. Jesus is the source of eternal life for all who believe in Him.
      2. Jesus is our purpose.
      3. Jesus is our goal.
      4. In Jesus we have all we need physically, spiritually, now, and forever.
        1. Colossians 1:15-17, 3:3-4 - 15And He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 
          16For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 
          17He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together… 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.