More On Abiding In Christ – John 6

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Good morning. Once again, we return to the wonderful chapter of uh John chapter six with its incredible teaching about the intimacy that God desires with us. Last week, we ended with uh, one of the big theological points of the new testament and we’re gonna touch on it again today and then deal with it again later. But when jesus says, you must eat my flesh and drink my blood, it was such a total change from anything that had ever been in Judaism. It was, it was a statement meant not only to show intimacy, but to also perk up the ears of the listeners to get them hearing. The one thing that every jew knew that he was forbidden from doing was eating pork and drinking blood. The meat must be cut completely. Leviticus says with no blood at all. Why? Because Deuteronomy and exodus says, life is in the blood. God did not want us to be like the bulls and the goats and the pigeons and the and the and the sheep that had been sacrificed over the century. That is not who he belonged to commune with. He made us in our image. And now he says, I want you to take the life of christ in you completely. Now, as you will see this blows some people’s minds and they leave and never follow him again. But for those who get it, the wonderful and the beautiful and the and the awesome nature of just how much God loves us and just how much God wants to be with us is is absolutely and completely clear to them or or becoming clear to them, I should say. Let’s pick up today with John chapter # six verse number 35 and jesus said into them, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe all who the father gives me will come to me and whoever shall come to me. I will never cast out for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me now in our verses. For today we see the extent of the intimate relationship that the new covenant, the covenant of his blood, the covenant of his grace. The covenant of his truth provides an astounding intimacy is related in these words abide in me which we are going to see as we go forward abides in me. And not only does he abide in me, jesus says, but I abide in him rather we live in him and he lives in us. We live by being in christ by being related to him by being united to him by by our drawing spiritual life from him. And moreover, he lives in us and desires to express his life through us. I think that so many of us as christians and so many christians down through the ages have been concerned more with overcoming death than the abundant life that Jesus promises From his conversation with Nicodemus in Chapter three, All through the conversation of of living water in Chapter four to these verses here, Jesus is talking about about that which sustains life, that which gives life that which provides life. We get so concerned with eternal life meaning never dying. We don’t understand that eternal life means always living and and and and and and that is what Jesus is trying to get across to us right right now in in these verses and from from chapter six, verse 35 to the end of chapter 12, that is all that he is talking about, he is not talking about overcoming death. He’s talking about overcoming life. Life that overcomes death. Life that overcomes the the this soul killing monotony or the soul killing rebellion or the soul killing chaos of this world. The soul killing purposeless nous in this world, he says you abide in me and I will abide in you and together we will not merely conquer death, we’ll live and I’m gonna jump forward a whole lot this morning and tell you that that that in the story of the raising of Lazarus, what he says is is that he overcomes death by bringing more life. It is not so much, he defeats death and then death is lying on the field. How he defeats death is is by calling back life and more life and more life and more life and more life until our life is abundant. Right now again. Let’s look at these verses, Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I say to you, you have seen me and yet you do not believe all that the father gives me will come to me and whoever comes to me, I will never cast out. We talked about this last week and the week before. This is that gift of love. This is that that that gift of glory, that gift of wonder from the father to the son and the Son to the father. The greatest gift that they could think of to express their love was worshippers, for one another was what was was was communion with us. You and I were considered the greatest possible gift to express the love of Almighty Father to the Son and from the sun to the father. For I have come down from heaven, Jesus says not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me that I should lose nothing of what he has given me. You see this gift is so precious that jesus says, I am I am careful to the extreme not to lose anyone not to lose any person who calls out, no matter how quietly, no matter from how far away from, no matter how deep in the well and the mud and the muck and the mire of this world, I will lose none of them. For this is the will of my father. He says that everyone who looks upon the son and believes in him should have eternal life and I shall raise him on the last day. And the jews grumbled, I’ve come to give you live and life like has never been known before. And they grumble, they grumble about him because he said, I am the bread that’s come down from heaven. Remember in the old testament, the giving of manner, Manna simply means, what is it? They didn’t know what it was moses told them that it was the provision that God had given them. They were to collect enough in the morning to last for the day and to collect enough for on friday for two days. And if you collect it anymore, you tried to hoard it or whatever it would rot. And and and this bread that just showed up in the morning dew, they did not have a name for it. So they just simply called it what is it Mana and jesus is saying now you wanted to know what it is, it’s me, it’s me and and and and I’m not just a one time occurrence in your life. I am with you day in and day out for all of your needs. For for for for all of your your your nutritional needs spiritually for everything that you need to live to live properly, to live joyously to live to live properly in this present age. And they grumble about him. The shadow was the, what is it? The, what is it is me? I am the answer to moses question in the old testament, I am the answer to Abraham’s hope. I am the rock of Horeb. I am the manna. In the morning, I am the brazen snake lifted on the staff. I am your hope. I am your salvation. I I am your, your, your your path to communion. That would fulfill the father’s desire that he might fully and completely love and commune with you, they said, Is this not the son of joseph whose father Mother we now know now? How does he say I have come down from heaven? And jesus answered, do not grumble amongst yourselves. You remember what happened when the people grumbled in the old testament. That’s when the red snakes came out. Don’t make the same mistake, Jesus says, no one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him and I will raise him up in the last day. You c you can’t rely on your own understanding. You can’t rely on your own information. This is what comes from God. Don’t look at what your eyes see because they are. They will, they will deceive you by by by by by by your experiences in the past, by false teaching by false assumptions simply by non understanding, rely on God in his truth. It is written in the prophets he said and they will all be taught by God. You see, this is what he’s saying. The father listen to him. This is how the gift is found. This is how the gift is created. This is how the gift is is given. This is how the gift is is packaged. This is how the gift is presented. And this is how the gift is desired and loved. They will be taught by God. Everyone who has heard and learned from the father comes to me, not that anyone has seen has seen the father, except he who is from God, He has seen the father truly, truly, I say to you that whoever believes has eternal life, I am the voice of God made flesh. I am, he says in verse number 48. The bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven. So that who so ever shall eat of It shall never die. You seem to have words are life. This teaching is life, this this this this man who stands in front of you is the one sent from God To be the what is for whatever you’ve done, john answered the question, what is it john the baptist join the gospel, john the revelator pointed it out, behold the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. You see, I will be the one that is broken. I will be the one that is presented to you by the father. It’s simply about eating, believing you shall live and shall not die, even if we live in the wastelands of this world of death. The jews then disputed amongst themselves. They’ve gone from grumbling now to disputing saying, how can this man give us his flesh to eat? And 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. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up the last day. You asked the right question, but you ask it amongst yourselves in dispute. I just told you to listen to the father and to listen to the one who has come from the father. The word made flesh. But you’re over there in your little, in your little arrogant corner, trying to figure it out, and he looks at them and says, my flesh is true food and my blood is the true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him what intimacy, what beauty, what glory is found there an intimate relationship the good new covenant brings to recreate me into what God intended me to to be from the very beginning, a creature that lives and lives in communion with him As the living father sent me verse 57 and I live because of the father, so whosoever feeds on me. He also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread that your father’s ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever. Now, jesus said these things in the synagogue as he taught in Capernaum. Um remember in verse number four, this is a high day, this is the time of Passover and he’s talking about living in christ and christ, living in us. This unique arrangement for spiritual intimacy is offered to us for our experience who eat his flesh and drink his blood. Although the language sounds strange to the natural mind, the picture is as common as as eating and drinking. He says, it’s not hard. God has done the work. I will finish the task. I am the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. All you have to do is the simplest thing in the world. It’s as simple as sitting down and eating a meal, hear what I have to say and believe me. You see the unusual aspect of spiritual nutrition. He’s a person, the person of jesus christ, jesus indicated what this process um encompassed in verse number 35. When he said, I am the bread. Whoever comes to me shall never hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. It simply means coming and believing coming and believe Verse 23 other boats came from Tiberius came near the place where they had eaten bread after the Lord had given thanks. When the crowd saw that jesus was not there nor his disciples. They themselves got into boats and went to Capernaum seeking jesus And when they found him verse # 25 on the other side of the sea, they said to him, Rabbi, when did you come here? And jesus answered them truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me not because you saw the signs, but because you ate your fill of the lobes do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that will endure to eternal life that which the son of man will give you for on him. God, the father has set his seal. You see when you’re hungry, you think that food, a fish be the answer to all your problems. It’s the same with almost all other practical difficulties. We find ourselves in Just as Jesus tried to lift their understanding above their material physical needs. So we need our minds lifted. Listen to Romans, chapter 12 right, I Beseech you therefore, brothers by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies. A living sacrifice Holy acceptable to the Lord, which is your reasonable service and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. That you may prove what life is, What is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. You see what they wanted. Another sandwich. He would not give them what he offered them eternal life. They would not receive how thick headed, how boneheaded we are. You see in jesus answer, he hoped to lift their eyes from the material bread and earthly kingdoms to spiritual realities, heavenly realms. This is the first of the seven distinctive I am statements that are found in john’s gospel. And You’ll have a flurry of them through Chapter 11. When he says, I am the way I am the truth and I am the live. You see, it’s the same thing he said in verse number 35. You come to him and you believe in him the way the truth that provides the life, Right. He comes to me shall never hunger. Jesus explained that the one who comes to him that is the one who receives him believes on him, will find his spiritual hunger satisfied in jesus. And he who believes it believes in me shall never thirst. You know what the meaning of life is. You know that his life is not wasted, but has purpose and meaning you see on the cross, when jesus took man’s place, He cried out as that 5th statement on the cross I thirst. You see, that’s the condition of man. We live and we try to find meaning. We try to manufacture meaning. We we we we we we try to we we we try to conjure up meaning, and then we we make meaning in all of the wrong places, and we live our lives thirsty and we die bereft, wondering what it all meant. And jesus says, if you come to me, I’ll tell you, and I’m not just tell you, I’ll provide you with the answer, not only verbally, but within you in the new you you abiding in me and I abiding. And you don’t work for purposes that perish food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life at which the son of man will give you the one whom the father set his seal. You see, he says, I am the one who satisfies. And then they said, what must we do? Good grief, He’s just said it as simply as it can be. All you have to do is come to me, all you have to do is believe it’s as simple as sitting down and eating a meal. And they said, what must we do to be doing the works of God? And he answered them, this is the work of God, believe me, believe the one whom he has sent and so they said to him, What sign do you give that? We may believe you, What work do you perform? We’re gonna figure out how to get breakfast out of this. After all our fathers ate manna in the wilderness and it is written, he gave them bread from heaven to eat. What must we do? You see when we come to jesus, we’re not counting on what we have done, but we’re counting on who he is, his person in his flesh, The son of God becoming a man. When we are coming to jesus, we are also believing and and hoping and resting in what he did. His work. His blood poured out for us on the cross. And as we relate to jesus in this manner we find that we are finding our spiritual substance uh sustenance in him, that we’re finding meaning in him. And we’re no longer worried simply about overcoming death. But living life, he abides in us and we abide in him. You see faith in christ is simply and truly described as coming to him. And then when he fills our life with himself to live that life to the fullest, leaving the old man behind. Right verse number four, the Passover the jews was at hand Verse # 48, I am the bread of life, right, Jesus is saying I am that which will protect you and then promote you Remember what he said in John Chapter one he gives them the right to be called The Sons of God right, stop thinking of me is merely a abstract concept, an object for spiritual debate. Think of me as the gift of God, a person God made man who could do what you could not do and then gives what he has done to us, john chapter 14 verse number 20 and that day you will know that I am in my father and you are in me and I am in you. You see when we come to that realization, that’s when we begin to live, Jesus says, here is what Christianity is. Here’s what I’ve come to offer everything for everything. You leave everything behind and I will give you everything that is needed. From this point forward, you leave everything behind and I will give you everything that is needed from this point through the ending of the world into all eternity. Everything for everything. Eddie and every need or circumstance. I am here. I am your bread. I am your water. I am your life. Let us live together Father

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