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Series: I Am
John 6:25-59 (Focal Verse, 35)
It's an obvious fact that we must eat to live. Hunger, like the lighted gas pump icon in your car is your body telling you it's time to stop and refuel. And regardless of how full and satisfied you are after a meal, it won't be very long before you have to eat again. In South Louisiana we take our eating pretty seriously. Many of our neighbors are celebrating Lent (which began last Wednesday). Lent is a time of prayer, reflection, and fasting, but only in Louisiana could we take that solemn celebration and make it about food! So during the season of fasting, we'll eat twice as much seafood!
But there is another kind of hunger that we also instinctively have, it's a spiritual hunger. We are created in "the image of God," (Gen. 1:26) we are spiritual beings. God has set eternity in our hearts (Eccl. 3:11).Our spirit must feed to live and there is no physical food that can satisfy that need. Evidence of this spiritual hunger is present in every human being. We have a longing to know our purpose in life, why we are here. Where did we come from? Where are we going? We long for internal harmony and peace, we long to be accepted, to be loved, to be forgiven, to relate to people in healthy ways, to belong, to be fulfilled in life. These intangibles, things you cannot acquire in the physical world are real needs that we have. And they are real needs that can only be met by Jesus who is the bread of life.
Life Application: To believe in Jesus ("the bread of life") is to experience a full and meaningful life on earth and to be with God forever.
(Read John 6:35). This is quite an amazing statement at face value. Jesus claims to be "the bread of life." People familiar with the Bible will immediately see a connection with this statement with other similar "I am" statements in the Bible. The first occurrence of this "I am" statement is found in Exodus 3:14. Moses was being sent by God ...
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