Formations Lesson for March 14- A Question of Outrageous Claims
March 3 2010 by DuPre Sanders, pastor, Roxboro Baptist Church

Focal Passage: John 6:41-59   

Our text for today thrusts us into the middle of a conversation between Jesus and the people who experienced the miraculous feeding of the 5,000. They had followed Jesus to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, and He exposed their motives by accusing them of only wanting another free meal.

The people were seeking a Moses figure that would feed them every day. In response, Jesus told them that they should desire spiritual food that lasts rather than food that is consumed and gone. This passage begins with the people grumbling about Jesus’ statement: “I am the bread that came down from heaven” (John 6:41). They knew His parents, and questioned how Jesus could say that He came down from heaven.

Jesus does not try to clarify His statement, but instead responds with a clear command: “Stop grumbling among yourselves” (John 6:43). There is an obvious parallel in this passage with the Jews in the wilderness that grumbled against Moses (Exodus 16:2; Numbers 11:4-6).

In this text, the grumbling refers specifically to what Jesus has said, but it also has a general application. Every church could benefit from a “No Grumbling” sign prominently displayed! Jesus further upsets the crowd when He says, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:53-54).

The people question, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (John 6:52). In the book of John we often see people taking Jesus’ analogies in a literal sense.

Nicodemus was confused when Jesus told him to be born again (John 3:4) and the woman at the well wondered about the water that would keep her from thirsting again (John 4:15). 

Like the people in John’s gospel, there are those who interpret Jesus’ words literally. They believe that, in communion, the bread actually becomes the body of Jesus and the wine becomes His blood (transubstantiation). Baptists understand Jesus’ words to be symbolic.

The prophets spoke of eating the word of God (Jeremiah 15:16; Ezekiel 3:3). Eating the word symbolized receiving the word into their lives.

To have Jesus in one’s life is to find ultimate satisfaction. Our deepest hunger is met. Our deepest thirst is satisfied. In Him we have sustaining food that satisfies all our needs!    
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