Family Bible Study lesson for April 27: The Bread of Life
April 11 2003 by Crate Jones , John 6:5-13, 24-27, 32-35

Family Bible Study lesson for April 27: The Bread of Life | Friday, April 11, 2003

Friday, April 11, 2003

Family Bible Study lesson for April 27: The Bread of Life

By Crate Jones John 6:5-13, 24-27, 32-35

Growing up in the city, loaf bread (we called it light bread; each end-piece was the heel) was our main bread. When I became the young pastor of a country church, I lived with the hospitable Wilson family. Tasty biscuits were served at nearly every meal.

Once in a while, a hankering for some light bread would grab me. I'd buy a loaf and ride around in my '39 Mercury convertible, savoring every bite until most of it was devoured. I love it to this day; it satisfies.

God created us with a "hankering" for the "bread of life." Nothing else will ever satisfy that hunger.

Jesus knows what is best John 6:5-9 When first coming to Durham, I met a car salesman. He was a fast talker and not very receptive to my talking about the Lord. Thirty-six years later, when his wife left him and his son was in trouble, he called one night and asked how to be saved. After sharing the gospel with him, he prayed for Jesus to come into his heart. That was his greatest need all the time.

Supplying our needs includes the material realm. Seminary days in Louisville, Ky. were lean times for Harriett and I.

Once, when the cookie jar was nearly empty, I was invited to lead a two-week youth revival in Hamilton, Ohio. At the close of the meeting, the treasurer asked if I would be satisfied with $150. I told him I'd be satisfied with whatever it was. With a sheepish grin, he handed us a check for $435.

Back in 1949, that was an unheard of amount for a young preacher. It became the means for us to remain in seminary. Bread from heaven!

Jesus multiplies what is available John 6:10-13 Jesus can make a lot out of a little. Imagine taking five pieces of bread and two small fish and feeding 5,000!

Jesus uses what is made available to Him. He used Andrew to find the little boy to share his meal, and the disciples to organize the crowd and gather up the leftover pieces.

Someone has said that God wants our availability more than our ability.

A relatively uneducated man, Dwight L. Moody, became a world-renowned evangelist. Through his anointed preaching, multiplied thousands were brought into the kingdom of God.

Some things will not change without human hands. Just suppose a farmer had a friend who complimented him on the beauty of his land, by saying, "The Lord sure has blessed you." The farmer's grateful reply might be, "But He used the strength of my hands to make it what it now is."

Jesus reveals what is important John 6:24-27 After the miraculous feeding, Jesus went to another place. When the crowd found Him, Jesus said, "You are looking for Me ... because you ate the loaves and had your fill" (v.16).

Jesus, God's Son, was standing in their midst and they didn't know who He really was! Two thousand years later the world still doesn't know. It takes a spiritual journey to Calvary and from there to the vacant tomb to see Him clearly.

Jesus also said, "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life" (v.27). If we ask, He will show us what is important and what is not.

Going to church is important; all don't see it that way. I was in a revival; a little boy was misbehaving. His mama said, "If you don't be quiet, I'm going to take you outside and spank you." He said, "Come on, Mama, let's go!"

I reckon there are grown-ups, too, who would rather take a whipping than go to church and listen to a preacher.

Jesus provides what is lasting John 6:32-35 Jesus told the crowd "the bread of heaven is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." They said, "Sir, from now on give us this bread" (v.34). They were getting closer to the truth.

As bread must be taken into the body to sustain life, so must Jesus be taken into the heart that we may receive everlasting life. He extended this gracious invitation: "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty" (v.35).

The Christian can shout, "Hallelujah, what a Savior!"

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4/11/2003 12:00:00 AM by Crate Jones , John 6:5-13, 24-27, 32-35 | with 0 comments
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