Who do YOU say I AM?
3.17.13 & 3.20.13
- If you want the Truth, go to the source.
- Good things aren’t good enough because they don’t last.
- Your heart was made to enjoy Jesus.
- Remember back to the Signs Series from 2009.
- John 20:30-31—30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
- During this series we looked at the miracles that Jesus performed and called them what Jesus called them, Signs.
- Signs point to things that are important.
- We used John 20:30-31 to give a reason to look at the miracles Jesus performed that point us to the fact the Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God; and that by believing that Jesus is who he’s shown us to be that we may have life.
- Jesus didn’t just do amazing things, he also SAID amazing things.
- John 7:46—46 The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!”
- Jesus was more than a miracle worker; he was a preacher.
- Jesus performed many signs, but he also preached many sermons.
- And not all of his sermons were about living; many were also about WHO he is.
- In the book of John, Jesus says over and over again two very important words, I AM.
- In fact there are seven I AM statements from Jesus that help us to identify who he is.
- I AM the Bread of Life. (John 6:35)
- I AM the Light of the World. (John 8:12)
- I AM the Door. (John 10:9)
- I AM the Good Shepherd. (John 10:11)
- I AM the Resurrection and the Life. (John 11:25)
- I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6)
- I AM the True Vine. (John 15:1)
- This series will allow us to examine the words that Jesus speaks about himself.
- It’s really important that we get Jesus right.
- John 8:24—24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.
- There are consequences for getting Jesus wrong.
- You may believe that Jesus is a good teacher, and he was; but you need to believe he’s more than that.
- You may believe that Jesus is a miracle worker, and he was; but you need to believe he’s more than that.
- Whether good example, prophet, revolutionary, or something more; you need to decide what you are going to believe about Jesus.
- Jesus is on Trial. You are the Jury.
- During this series, we are putting Jesus on trial.
- Whenever you want to know who someone is, it’s always good to let them speak about themselves.
- It’s the kind and respectful thing to do.
- We all want to be represented fairly.
- If I want up a dozen people who know you, all of them would be able to tell me something about you.
- The problem is, not everything they say may be true.
- In fact, some of you would say even some of your closest friends don’t know you super well.
- And those that don’t know you well might not represent you fairly.
- You’d want to set the record straight by tell me for yourself who you are.
- But perhaps up to this point, what you think about Jesus has come from another witness.
- Maybe parents, maybe friends, maybe Pastor Keith, maybe Veggie Tales, maybe Bible TV shows, maybe secular TV shows—everyone has an opinion of Jesus, but not all of those opinions are true.
- Can you think of anything you’ve heard about Jesus from other people that you know isn’t true?
- If you want the truth, go to the source.
- If Jesus is on trial, that makes you the jury.
- You guys will listen to what Jesus has to say about himself.
- And then you will have to make a decision about what to do with Jesus.
- Will you accept his testimony as true? Or not?
- Your verdict matters…but your verdict doesn’t determine Jesus’ fate, it determines yours.
- Our hope is that after hearing Jesus speak you might believe the Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in his name.
- During this series, we are putting Jesus on trial.
- You ready?
Who has ever spent time with a baby?
- I like babies.
- I think they’re cute.
- Their little fingers and fat legs are funny.
- I don’t like crying babies.
- Here’s why: I can’t/won’t do 2/3 of the things babies need to stop crying.
- When do babies cry?
- Hungry: Sorry, no mammary glands.
- Diaper Change: Sorry, I’m not cleaning a mess I didn’t create.
- Sleep: Okay, I’ll hold them until they fall asleep.
- Babies know they need something, but they can’t communicate what they need.
- So they cry.
- Teenagers and adults are not until babies.
- When we don’t get the things we need, we cry.
- Now we might not always break down into tears, but we cry out and try to satisfy our needs.
- In adults, we see depression and mid-life crises lead to drinking, drugs, a new marriage, a new car.
- Teens aren’t that much different, but the world that you live in is harder than your parents grew up in.
- Cutting, blacking out, getting high, having sex, playing video games, sleeping—these are things teenagers do to numb the feeling of need that’s crying out in their hearts.
- There’s something in our hearts that cries out.
1 After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 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. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 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.
22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 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.” 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. 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.”
41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will 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 he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 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. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 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.” 59 Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.
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. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
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, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” 71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.
- A lot of stuff happens in this chapter, so here’s a quick summary before we let Jesus speak.
- Jesus begins by feeding the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish—Miracle/Sign.
- The people are impressed and believe that he is a prophet and they want to make him king.
- Jesus did not come to become a political king, so he slips away from the crowd crosses the sea of Capernaum.
- Jesus’ disciples take a boat, but Jesus walks across—Miracle/Sign.
- The crowd follows Jesus to the other shore.
Good things aren’t enough because they don’t last.
- In verses 25-27, Jesus explains that they are seeking him for bad reasons.
- “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.
- These people didn’t love Jesus, they loved the things that Jesus gave them—bread.
- Note: There is a way to want Jesus for bad reasons—If you only want Jesus for the things that Jesus gives, you reveal that you don’t really love Jesus, you love his things.
- Jesus teaches a lesson in verse 27, make sure you get bread that lasts.
- What in the world does Jesus mean by bread?
- We’re all smart enough that Jesus isn’t talking about real bread, right?
- You know that bread only lasts a few days before it gets moldy.
- If there’s a bread that lasts forever, we must not be talking about physical Wonder Bread.
- To help us understand, Jesus explains the bread that the Israelites ate while they wandered around in the desert wilderness for 40 years.
- One of the things that makes it tough to live in the desert is the lack of essentials—food, water, shelter.
- It’s not that there isn’t any food, water, or shelter; it’s just that it’s not enough.
- The water that you find in the desert doesn’t last.
- It’s not that the water is bad, it just runs out.
- The only reason the Israelites didn’t starve in the wilderness is because God gave them “manna,” an ancient form of Frosted Flakes.
- It’s true…look it up. (Exodus 16:14)
- In the wilderness, the Israelites cried out because they needed bread.
- In order to physically live, they needed physical bread from heaven.
- We’re kind of like the Israelites wandering around in the desert.
- We find ourselves in a land that never really meets the needs we have.
- We often find ourselves disappointed by things in the world that are supposed to make us happy.
- When was the last time you were disappointed?
- If the thing that disappointed you was your bread, the thing you need to be happy, you can see why life can be so depressing.
- Good things aren’t enough because they don’t last.
- Successes are quickly forgotten.
- Clothes go out of style.
- Skin wrinkles and sags.
- You will get flabby…it’s just a matter of time.
- Cars crash, friends move away, boyfriends cheat, girlfriends nag.
- If these things are your bread, you will cry out and starve for bread that doesn’t perish.
Your heart was made to enjoy Jesus.
- In verses 32-35, Jesus explains that what the Israelites actually needed was true bread.
- 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.
- Jesus makes his first I AM statement—I AM the bread of life.
- What makes Jesus special is that he is TRUE bread.
- The bread that you find in the wilderness doesn’t last.
- But anyone who comes to Jesus will never hunger again.
- Note: Jesus doesn’t say he’s the source of bread, as if your soul could be satisfied by some kind of bread, and he’s the only one who can provide it.
- Jesus says that HE is the bread, not someone who gives bread.
- Sometimes, we can be a lot like the people who believed Jesus was a prophet and wanted to make him king.
- Sometimes we tell people that if you come to Jesus, he’ll help you with the problems in your life.
- Jesus will help your family and friendships.
- Jesus will help your conscience.
- Jesus will take away your guilt and shame.
- If we love Jesus only because of the things he gives us, we reveal that we don’t really love Jesus—we love his things.
- Jesus says that HE is the bread, not someone who gives bread.
- Jesus is to the soul what bread is to the body.
- Your body has needs—it needs food so that you can live.
- Your soul has needs—it needs Jesus so that you can live.
- Jesus is saying that your heart was made to enjoy HIM forever.
Crowds don’t believe.
- After Jesus says that he is the bread of life, the crowds don’t believe.
- They bring up several doubts and concerns.
- People still do this today.
- But Jesus doesn’t back down, he repeats himself in verses 47-51.
- 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 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.”
- Again the crowd didn’t believe, so Jesus repeated himself in verses 53-58.
- 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. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 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.”
- Eventually the crowd left in verse 66, the same crowd that wanted to make him king.
- 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?”
- You have a choice to make.
- Will you believe that Jesus is the bread of life and follow him?
- Or will you turn away from Jesus and go searching for bread elsewhere?
- Only one of those options will lead to eternal life.