Bread of Wonders

Posted: March 8, 2015 in John

John 6:22-40, “Bread of Wonders”

“It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!”  Sliced bread is the norm today for sandwich bread, but it was unknown until the 1920s, and Wonderbread was the first bakery to market sliced bread nationwide.  Great name, but misapplied.  The true wonder-bread is something far greater than sliced bread, but to the bread sent from heaven!  To the Jews of Galilee, Jesus showed Himself to be the bread of life – He truly is the bread of wonders, and they needed to partake of Him.

Why?  Because they needed to be saved.  They needed everlasting life, just like all of us do.  Pop-quiz: if you were given 15 seconds to tell someone how they could receive everlasting life and go to heaven, what would you say?  The Jews of Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost asked what they needed to do to be saved, and it’s a common question.  If someone asked you with their dying breath what they needed to do to be saved, what would you tell them?  Time is ticking…  Some people might want to help them pray a prayer, but it’s difficult to lead someone through a salvation prayer in 15 seconds – just telling them to repeat after you takes up some of that time.  You can’t tell them that they need to go back and clean up their life in visible acts of repentance – there’s definitely no time for that.  Time is still ticking…  What do you tell them?  Tell them what Jesus told them: believe.  There is only one work of God that saves: believing upon Jesus – partaking of the bread of life.

The Galilean Jews had already witnessed a spectacular miracle involving bread.  Just the previous day, they were gathered by the thousands in the wilderness the Jesus and His disciples.  They had come for healing, and experienced it as Jesus walked among them and taught them.  Jesus demonstrated true compassion upon them, and ministered to their needs – and even pointed to something greater they didn’t realize they needed: the presence of God among them.  In an incredible display of His deity, Jesus took give small loaves of barley, and two small fish (basically tortillas and sardines), and distributed them to 5000 men plus women and children (7,000-10,000 people, minimum).  Not only that, but the disciples gathered up the fragments, and there were 12 baskets worth of leftovers.  There had been miracles in the past, but who among them could generate bread out of thin-air?  That is a miracle of creation, only made possible by the One and Only Creator God!

The Jews seemed to catch a glimpse of the significance of it all, but the wonder of it faded quickly.  One day they were ready to make Jesus their king; the next they start making demands upon Him for more miracles.  They were more than happy to eat the bread and receive of the miracles; they were less willing to surrender their lives to Jesus as their Lord and God.  Yet the best bread wasn’t the loaves from the day before; it was Jesus Himself as the bread of life.  They needed to partake and believe.  There was but one work that would bring salvation: the work of faith.

John 6:22–40
22 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone— 23 however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks— 24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.

  1. Those are a lot of words just to set the scene!  It may seem a bit convoluted, but John is simply trying to get across the point that the people noticed there was something strange about Jesus’ absence.  They had obviously tried to keep an eye on Jesus after the events of the previous day – remember that they had tried to force Him to be their king, only Jesus withdrew from them, preventing them (and sticking with the ultimate plan of God for Him to be rejected and go to the cross).  So they knew when Jesus’ disciples had left, and they knew Jesus hadn’t been with them in the boat.  They also knew which boats had come to shore that morning, and where those boats had originated.  It was apparent Jesus wasn’t on the boats that had come; He would have had to have been on boats that left (not arrived).  So where was Jesus?  That’s when they began a search and found Him in Capernaum.

25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”

  1. They didn’t know exactly where Jesus was, but they had a pretty good idea.  His home base in Galilee had typically been Capernaum, so that’s where the people went.  Their educated guess paid off & they found Him there.  That’s when they asked the obvious question: “Rabbi, when did You come here?”  When did He leave?  They hadn’t seen Him in the boats that had already left, nor did they see Him in the newer boats that had arrived.  When exactly had Jesus left, and (more to the point) how did Jesus get to Capernaum without anyone knowing about it?
  2. They had good reason to be a little suspicious!  They called Jesus a “Rabbi/Teacher,” but they knew He was more than just another ordinary teacher.  He worked in ways they did not understand, and they knew there was more to Jesus than what met the eye.  (Of course the problem was, when they found out more, they didn’t want what they saw!)
  3. We need to be careful about taking it too far, but there’s something a bit ‘distancing’ in their address of Jesus.  They call Him “Rabbi,” though they know He’s no ordinary rabbi.  That’s what they want Him to be; they aren’t yet ready to see Him as something more.  In this, the Galilean Jews weren’t too different from many people today.  They’re happy to give Jesus a certain amount of respect as a teacher, but they still want a bit of distance between them and Him.  They aren’t ready to receive Jesus as their Lord and God.  The fact of the matter is that Jesus IS God; the only thing we do is choose whether or not to recognize Him as such.

26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.

  1. Jesus’ answer is wonderfully ironic.  They sought Him not, not because they saw the signs, but because they saw a sign: they “ate of the loaves and were filled.” It was obvious that the people recognized a miraculous sign had taken place the previous day (6:14, “they had seen the sign that Jesus did…”).  They correctly identified Jesus as the Prophet foretold by Moses, and they desired because of this sign (and prophecy) to take Jesus by force and make Him king.  So they definitely “saw the signs.”  Jesus fully acknowledges that the reason they were looking for Him was because they benefited from a miracle, yet still claims that they didn’t see the signs.  How so?  They had seen a sign, but they missed the point.  They were looking for more miracles, but not the reason for the miracles.  It’s one thing to witness a supernatural work, but it ought always to cause us to ask why/how it happened.  Even when we see an illusionist do a card trick or some other performance, the first question people ask is “how did he do that?”  How much more when the work is no illusion, but real?  The people had seen a miracle, and knew it was a miracle.  Why did it happen?  There was a reason a boy’s picnic lunch ended up feeding an arena’s worth full of people: Jesus.
  2. What’s the reason you seek Jesus?  Be careful that you don’t miss the point!  Don’t seek the emotions or the experiences; seek Jesus and His kingdom, and the rest will follow.

27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

  1. The people had labored in that they walked all around the lake looking for Jesus.  They went a lot of miles trying to find another free lunch.  But even the bread multiplied by Jesus perishes.  Even the best food spoils.  [Today, it’s the food that doesn’t rot/mold that we need to beware of!]  But of course, this is what we spend the bulk of our time laboring for.  The reason people go to a job 40+ hours every week is precisely to “labor for the food that perishes” – to buy groceries, pay the mortgage & utilities, etc.  We need to provide for ourselves and for our families, and we do it through our labor.  Jesus isn’t saying there is anything wrong with that, but it’s all a matter of perspective.  The people were looking for a quick & easy lunch, but they were missing out on what was far more important right in front of them.
    1. Nothing material of this world is going to last.  Be careful of the value you assign to it.  [Parable of the rich fool] Luke 12:19–20, "(19) And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ (20) But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’" .  Labor for that which is more important – labor for the things that will last into eternity.
  2. There IS food that remains – that “endures to everlasting life” (and we’re not talking in the soaked-in-preservatives sort of way!).  There is food that is good for us and will remain good for us for all eternity.  That is valuable!  That is the sort of food we ought to desire.
  3. How do we get it?  By going through “the Son of Man,” by going to the Messiah – Jesus Himself.  Notice how specific this is.  Jesus offers no other way.  The Son of Man has the bread of life to give, and He’s the One to whom we must go.  Objection: “That’s a big claim!  How can we know Jesus is the only way?”  Look at what Jesus goes on to say:  “because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” The “seal” was the mark – the identification of the seal’s owner.  Today, we commonly use our signatures as a type of seal, but other businesses have official seals still in use (notary publics, government offices, etc.)  When something is sealed, it is certified that it came under the supervision and approval of the one who sealed it. The Father has certified the Son – Jesus has the seal of approval from God.  There’s no other prophet who has received this – there is no other religion that has God’s public approval – only Jesus!
    1. When did it come?  It’s possible Jesus is referring here to God’s testimony of Him at His baptism. “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  It’s possible also that Jesus is using the prophetic past tense and speaking of the resurrection yet to come, the very declaration that Jesus is the Son of God.
    2. BTW – not only did God give a seal upon Jesus, certifying Him to be the Christ, but God the Father also has given a seal to Christians: the Holy Spirit. (Eph 1:13)

28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

  1. Jesus mentioned labor, and that’s what the people focused on.  There had to be some work for them to do, in order for them to get the bread Jesus told them of. This is the very core of man-made religion: work.  People want to feel as if they’ve earned their salvation.  As long as they’ve done something, and be satisfied that they’ve checked it off the list, then they are satisfied that they will go to heaven.  “I’ve been a good person!  I’ve done ____, and I’m OK!”
  2. Of course the problem is simply this: how good is good?  How many works does someone have to do before they can be 100% certain that their place in eternity is secure?  What if they do everything they know to do, but come short in one area of which they knew nothing about?  People look to works-based religion for security, but there IS no security in works-based religion!  The only way to be certain of “earning” a place in heaven is perfection, and no one is perfect except God.
  3. So what can be done?  Vs. 29…

29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

  1. There is only one work to be done, and Jesus clears it up.  The true “work” is faith.  We need to “believe.” This is the 15-second answer to the question of how to be saved (and it doesn’t even take 15 seconds to say it!).  We have to believe in Jesus.  We put our trust in Him and in His work alone.  It’s not our work that saves; only Jesus’ work saves.  He is the One who labored for us when He suffered upon the cross, died, and rose from the grave.  We must believe in His work, and belief is the only thing we can “do.”
    1. We cannot take credit for our salvation.  The credit belongs 100% to God.  Even our faith is a gift! Ephesians 2:8–9, "(8) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast." .  We cannot boast – our only boast is in the glorious gracious God who saved us in His love!
  2. Notice faith isn’t open-ended.  Jesus did not say, “Believe in anything you want, as long as you sincerely believe it.”  We have to believe in the Sent One.  We have to believe the Father sent the Son, and that the Son alone gives life. IOW, we have to believe the truth. Anything other than this is NOT saving faith.
  3. Objection: “Where is the mention of repentance?”  There is none…at least, none in terms of actions.  Don’t we need to repent of our sins?  Of course, but we do not repent from our actions in order to be saved.  If we made acts of repentance a condition of salvation, then all of a sudden we’ve created a works-based religion.  The glorious invitation of God is simply to believe upon the work of Jesus to be saved.  In that sense, we do repent (in terms of the heart) because our mind/heart has changed direction – our belief has “turned” (repented) towards Jesus.  But the inward change always comes first.  We believe Jesus is who the Bible says that He is, and that He did what the Bible says that He did, and that is the only “work” we are given to do.  Faith in Jesus is the work that saves.
    1. When that’s done, NOW we repent.  Real repentance never comes apart from faith, and real faith is always accompanied by repentance.  Remember we are saved by grace through faith.  Any work that we do (including repentance) is a ramification or outgrown of that faith.
    2. We often hear “You need to get your life cleaned up and come to Christ.”  That’s 100% backwards – that might be well-intentioned, but it is works-based religion.  We need to believe upon Christ, coming to Him in faith – and as we do, our life gets cleaned up.

30 Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”

  1. There is no small amount of sad irony (or rebellion) here.  The people ask Jesus for a sign the very next day after having received a sign.  They had come to Jesus, specifically searching Him out among towns in Galilee because they had seen a sign!  They had come looking for bread, and now they are asking for manna.  They had previously identified Jesus as the Prophet foretold by Moses, and now they are comparing Jesus to Moses and implying that He is inferior.  Moses had fed the people with bread from heaven, and although Jesus fed the people with bread, all of a sudden it’s no longer good enough.
  2. What gives?  Were they blind – or just unwilling to believe?  Perhaps a bit of both.  Jesus told them not to work, and that that they only work they could do was to believe.  Now they ask Jesus to do a work (despite everything He had already done).  They weren’t ready/willing to receive the teaching He gave – it sounded to incredulous to their ears, and they want proof (even MORE proof) that what He said was true.  Ultimately, what was it that they wanted?  Control.  They wanted Jesus to do as they asked.  They wanted salvation without submission.  They wanted eternal life without an eternal Lord.  By asking Jesus for (yet another) sign, they are trying to avoid the issue of simple faith.
    1. People inherently want to know that they are saved by the works that they do.  Humans want to save themselves.  When Jesus told them there was no work, it threw a wrench into their plans.  Their security as in themselves, but that’s a false security.  We are only secure when we are in the hands of a Savior.
  3. BTW – notice that they quoted Scripture in their excuse. (Ps 78:24)  They could clothe their unbelief in religious disguise, but it didn’t change the fact they weren’t saved.

32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give 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.”

  1. So the people quoted Scripture showing that God through Moses gave the people bread from heave, and then Jesus says that Moses didn’t give them bread from heaven.  Is Jesus contradicting the Scripture?  No…He gets to the heart of it.  What Moses had given was a type: a shadow of the things to come through Christ.  Moses gave the appetizer; God the Father gave the main course when He gave us Jesus.
    1. No one is saved by looking to the OT law.  No one is saved by looking to Moses.  The Hebrews looked to Moses, and Moses pointed them to God.  It is in God where salvation is found; not Moses – not tradition of any sort (be it Jewish or Gentile).  Everything Moses did in the law was to set the path for Jesus.  Every sacrifice commanded was a sacrifice that pointed to the cross.  Every miracle done showcased the grace of God.  Every law that revealed sin ultimately revealed man’s imperfection and need for forgiveness.  If the OT doesn’t lead you to Christ and His grace, then you’re not reading it right!
  2. What is the “true bread”?  That which comes from God in heaven and gives life to the world.  The manna appeared on the earth as if from heaven, and gave sustaining life to the Hebrews in the wilderness.  Yet as miraculous as that was, even that bread would spoil.  In fact, it was guaranteed to do so!  The Israelites were forbidden to keep the manna even as long as overnight (except on the Sabbath), and if they did, maggots would come & it would already begin to rot.  The Jews of Galilee claimed that Moses’ manna was better than Jesus’ bread, but Jesus tells them they hadn’t even recognized the true bread from heaven.  The true bread from heaven would never spoil.  That bread didn’t come through a human prophet; it came directly from God in heaven.  That bread didn’t give life and sustenance for a day; it gave it for all eternity.  That bread gives life not only to one particular people (Israel), but to all the nations of the world.  That’s good bread!

34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”

  1. It’s no wonder they asked for this bread!  This is a true miracle bread (Wonderbread!). Their reaction sounds like the Samaritan woman, does it not?  Jesus had told her of living water, of which if she drank, she would never thirst again.  She asked Jesus to give her some, perhaps a bit in mockery, but perhaps in true sincerity (4:15).  It probably sounded too good to be true.  But it definitely sounded good, and the people asked for it.
  2. Keep in mind they were still looking for stuff.  They thought Jesus was speaking of literal bread, like the manna their forefathers literally ate in the wilderness, or like the loaves and fish Jesus had given them the day before.  They wanted something that they could hold for themselves (and ultimately control).  But Jesus already told them it wasn’t stuff; it was a Person…Himself (6:29 – believe in the one who was sent).

35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

  1. Scholars and study Bibles are often quick to point out that this is the first of the seven major “I am” statements of Jesus in the gospel of John.  It’s not that Jesus hasn’t uttered the words before, perhaps alluding to (if not directly stating) His deity – He had.  He did so with the Samaritan woman at the well (4:26).  He did so again when identifying Himself to the disciples while walking on water (5:20).  But this is the first of several metaphors Jesus uses to explain His purpose, His character, and even a bit of His role within the Godhead.
    1. “I am the bread of life” (6:35)
    2. “I am the light of the world” (8:12)
    3. “I am the door of the sheep” (10:7)
    4. “I am the good shepherd” (10:11)
    5. “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:25)
    6. “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (14:6)
    7. “I am the true vine” (15:1)
    8. As an aside…when we read these statements, we need to interpret them rightly.  We often say we read the Bible literally (and we do), but part of that means that we recognize symbolic language where it is found.  Jesus is not literal wheat flour, yeast, and water.  He is not a literal piece of wood hanging upon hinges.  Those are metaphors Jesus uses to describe Himself.  Jesus is not adverse to using symbolic language from time to time, and we need to be able to acknowledge it as symbolic, because that is its intended purpose.  This becomes important later in Ch 6 when Jesus describes eating His flesh and drinking His blood as partaking of the bread of heaven (6:54-55). 
  2. Jesus is the bread of life.  He is far better than any manna – He is far better than any loaves and fish.  All eternal life is found in Him… … All abundant present life is found in Him…  There is no hunger, nor thirst found in those who believe in Jesus.  There is no need, nor want unmet in Jesus.  He is amply sufficient for everything we lack!  Of course, that’s not to say that Jesus grants us all our material wishes or that He gives us anything our hearts desire.  Christians will still go hungry if they don’t go buy groceries for themselves.  But all of our ultimate needs find our fulfillment in Him.  Understand that we were made to worship God.  We were created by God in the image of God to be the people of God.  It is because of sin that everything was messed up.  Now we try to find life in sex, pleasures, ego, stuff, people, etc.  Life isn’t found there; it’s found in the Person of Jesus Christ.  We find life by partaking of the bread of life.  It is only when we come to faith in Jesus that we discover what God created us to be.

36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.

  1. Jesus knew their disbelief.  They had seen the very sign for which they asked, and yet still didn’t believe.  Jesus worked a sign for them before they requested the sign, and they still had no faith.  A lack of faith never exists because of a lack of proof.  Jesus had already given them the proof; what they lacked was the willingness to believe it.
  2. Jesus understood this, and He wasn’t surprised by it.  Over the next several verses, Jesus describes how people do come to faith in Him.  It is the work of God and the response of men marvelously and mysteriously intertwined.  Vs. 37…

37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

  1. The Father “gives” people to Jesus.  This speaks of His sovereignty.  What is the ultimate reason someone comes to faith in Christ?  Because the Almighty Creator God involved Himself.  Put aside all the debate about Calvinism/Arminianism for a moment, and just consider what Jesus says here: GOD personally gives individuals to Jesus to be saved.  If you have faith in Christ, it’s because the Infinite Almighty God intervened in your life and gave you to Jesus.  What does that say about His love for you?  What does that say about the privilege it is to be saved?  We get excited when a famous sports celebrity gives us an autograph, or if we get to shake the hand of a national politician.  Beloved, GOD saw you and involved Himself in your life.  When you came to faith in Jesus, it was because Almighty God made it possible.  That is absolutely amazing!  That is wondrous beyond our wildest dreams!
    1. How exactly does God do this?  It’s a mystery.  The Bible tells us that God foreknew us (Rom 8:29) – it tells us that God chose us in Christ from before the foundations of the world (Eph 1:4).  That is doctrine we can (and should) wonderfully affirm, but when we get down to brass tacks, it’s still a mystery to us.  There is only so much that our limited minds can fathom, and the eternal counsels of God are vastly beyond us.  It is enough for us to try to catch a glimpse of His love for us as individuals.  That alone boggles the mind!
  2. Of those who come to Jesus, who is turned away?  None.  How can someone know if God given them to Jesus?  Because they believed!  Because they came to Jesus in faith.  There is not a single person that needs to fear that Jesus will turn them away.  When we start talking about God’s work in salvation, the number one worry among people is this: “What if I’m not one of the elect?  What happens if I put my faith in Jesus, only to find out in eternity that it didn’t count because God didn’t choose me to come?”  The wonderful answer from Jesus is not to worry.  All who come have already been given to Him by God.  If you have faith in Jesus, you are chosen!  There is not a single person who comes to true faith in Jesus that Jesus will turn away out of a lack of compassion or lack of election.  The negative here is emphatic (“by no means”).
    1. If Jesus won’t cast you away, then you need to ask yourself why you haven’t come.  You’ve got no reason not to come to Jesus, so come! 

38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

  1. Much of what Jesus says here mirrors what Jesus taught in Jerusalem in Ch 5, when Jesus equated Himself with God, doing the work of God, being empowered by God, and doing the will of God.  Again, Jesus affirms that He specifically came to do the Father’s will, not asserting anything of Himself, but in total submission to God.  (And considering Jesus is in perfect unity with the Father, it works out nicely!)
  2. Jesus came “down from heaven,” affirming His origin and deity.  Confirming once more that He Himself is the true bread of heaven.
  3. Jesus didn’t just come; He was “sent.”  This is repeated 3 times in 3 verses…emphasizes Jesus’ purpose and mission.
  4. If Jesus came to do His Father’s will, what was it?  Jesus says in vss. 39-40…

39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.

  1. Will of God #1: to lose none the Father gives Him.  Not only is the Father active in our salvation, the Son is active in keeping us saved.  The Holy God is active and supreme over every aspect of our salvation.  This goes back to the issue of security.  In works-based religion, men and women have to work to get themselves saved, and hope that they do enough works to keep themselves saved (and there’s never enough work to assure either outcome).  In Biblical Christianity (the truth!) we believe upon Jesus’ work to save us, and it is Jesus’ work that keeps us.  How do we know we are saved?  When we abide in Christ.  We remain in Him – all our hope & trust is in Him – we continually remember that without Him, we have absolutely nothing.  When 100% of our hope is in Jesus, then 100% of our security is in Jesus.
    1. Again, that doesn’t mean the way we live life doesn’t matter.  Someone who claims that their hope is in Jesus, but then dives joyfully into sin obviously hasn’t hoped in Christ at all.  They demonstrate they do not know Jesus, by the way they casually abuse the promises of grace.  When we know Him in truth, our actions follow appropriately.  But our hope is not in our actions; it is in the work and the keeping of Jesus.
  2. What will Jesus do with those given Him?  Raise them at the last day.  He not only loses nothing, but He sees them (us) through to the very end. Keep this in mind a moment.

40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

  1. Will of God #2: to give life to all who willingly come.  We do not save ourselves, but we are certainly involved.  God is sovereign over our salvation, but we must respond to His invitation and drawing to be saved.  Notice to whom it is Jesus gives everlasting life: “everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him.”  We must see and believe.  Obviously we cannot look upon the Risen Jesus with our physical eyes in order to believe, but we can (and do) look upon Him in faith.  We look TO Jesus, we believe UPON Jesus, and we can be sure to receive the promise OF Jesus.
  2. What will Jesus do with those who believe?  Raise them at the last day.  Sound familiar?  Whether from the perspective of God, or from the perspective of humans, the end result of salvation is the same: resurrection.  God’s will for us is life.  God’s desire for us is resurrection.  God’s will for Jesus is for Him to make our resurrection possible, and for Him to see it through to completion.
  3. As the bread of life, the Father’s will for Jesus is that He should give life.  And He does!

Conclusion:
So the question here (as with much of the gospel of John) is: what do you believe about Jesus?  God sent His Son Jesus to be the bread of life.  He sent Jesus so that all who look to Him in faith would be saved.  Jesus did miracles, but He didn’t come just to perform miracles.  Jesus came to do the will of God, and God’s will is for people to receive true life today & eternal life in the future.  God’s will is for people to be raised in the last day and to live forever with Him.  Are you part of that?  Have you looked to Jesus in truth: as the Son of God, the King, the One in whom all your hope rests?

People want to know what they need to do to be saved.  The work of God is faith in the Son sent by God.  Partake in the Bread of Life – believe upon Jesus and be saved!

If you haven’t done that, you’ve got the opportunity today.  You’re going to be able to respond to the work and call of God.  You know if He’s calling you, but it’s up to you to respond.  You can be assured that Jesus won’t turn you away.  There is not a single person who’s sinned too much to be saved.  Jesus’ death on the cross is sufficient for the worst of sinners – and He is sufficient for you, too.  When you believe upon Jesus, you can know that you’re saved…and that’s something you can be assured of right now.

If you’ve placed your faith in Jesus before, then take a moment to reassess where your faith is right now.  Perhaps you’ve fallen into a trap of legalism, looking to your works to give you assurance.  There’s no doubt our works are important, or that God has saved us precisely to do good works – but those works neither save us nor can give us the true eternal assurance that we need.  Our assurance has to come from Jesus alone.  He is where our hope is found.  Rest in Him.

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