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April 12: “I Am The Bread of Life”

April 12th, 2019

Scripture: John 6:25-40

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

 

Reflection Poem

What, are you working for?
What makes your heart skip a beat
Without which you can’t sleep
Carries the weight to hold your soul
And carries the strength to lift you up,
Off your feet,
What, are you searching for?
Even with the God of the universe fully in mind,
When you look for Jesus,
What are you actually hoping to find?
Are you looking for God,
Or are you looking to God,
Are you looking for God,
Or are you looking to God,
Looking to God to give you, your gods.
My God.

Jesus The Christ.
Speaks to the ones who searched for him but weren’t looking for him
And says I, Am the Bread of Life,
I, Am the thing without which you can’t live,
I, Am the thing without which life would cease to exist
I, Am the substance that your hopes and dreams are made of
I, Am the thing that truly satisfies your hunger,
I, Am the thing for which your whole being waits in wonder
I, Am the food that fills your longing
The song that your heart sang before you knew there was a beat,
The melody that brings it all together
The rhyme and the reason
The beginning and the end,
The meaning of it all,
No matter what number you dialed
I Am the one your soul called…
I AM the Bread of Life….

 

Reflection Questions

  • Many times, we search for God so that God can give us what we’re really looking for. There were those in this story, looking for Jesus, but hoping to find bread. In what ways have you been looking for Jesus, but hoping to find something else?

 

Soul Care Practice

Morning
Become aware of God’s loving presence and imagine Jesus saying these words to you: “I am the bread of life.” Talk with Jesus about any thoughts, reflections, challenges, and emotions that come up within you. How can you embody these words and follow Christ in your home, neighborhood, and workplace?

Evening
Read Jesus’ words again slowly: “I am the bread of life.” How did these words shape and guide you today? Pray your thoughts, desires, needs, struggles, and joys from today. As you go to bed, rest in God’s presence.

 

Blessing

“The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)

 

 

Written by Mark Chase, Lead LifeGroups Pastor.