John 6:4,27 Another Passover 6/30/2002

 

1. manna bread

2. miracle grace

3. new soul eat Lamb

4. new body resurrection

#1. I Am the Bread of Life (John 6:35,48,51,58)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2. All That the Father Giveth Me Shall Come to Me (John 6:37,39,44,65)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3. I Will Raise Him Up at the Last Day (John 6:39,40,44,54)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel according to John, chapter 6. (2X) Beginning at verse 1.

Here in John chapter 6 the Lord Jesus is feeding 5000 men, plus women and children from five barley loaves and two fishes. So there were more than 5000 people there. We read in John 6:1,

John 6:1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.

You might hear Bible teachers wax eloquently about the spiritual meaning of the name Tiberias. But there is none. This is simply a characteristic of John's writing style. John wrote this Gospel and his Epistles after Jerusalem was destroyed. That is when, Tiberias increased in prominence. Now V.4

John 6:4 And the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

This was the time of the Passover, a feast to remember the time when the children of Israel were delivered out of the land of Egypt. Now the Lord Jesus is going to use this opportunity, with this feast as the background, to teach His disciples the spiritual meaning of this deliverance out of the "house of bondage". That is why the title of this sermon is: "Another Passover" (2X). Drop down to verse 15,

John 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

You see, we cannot say that the Jews rejected Jesus. They wanted to make Him their earthly king just like today many people want Jesus to be their earthly king for 1000 years. But the Lord Jesus refused to be the earthly king of the Jews, just like today the Lord Jesus does not want to be crowned as an earthly king. He is already reigning as King of kings and Lord of lords. What need does He have to be crowned again on this sin cursed earth? The Jews wanted to make Him king because "they ate of the loaves and were filled". They wanted an earthly kingdom where they would always have enough to eat. But the Lord Jesus said to them in verse 27,

John 6:27, Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

You see, because Jesus fed them with earthly food, now He is now pointing to the heavenly food. Let me give you an overview of the whole sermon in this way: First, after the Exodus out of Egypt God gave them manna from heaven; but now Jesus said: I Am the bread of life, which came down from heaven. Second, their deliverance out of Egypt was a picture of salvation by the grace of God. Physically it was a miracle done for those whom God chose to draw by grace out of the house of bondage; but now Jesus said: salvation is a miracle done by God for those whom God has chosen by grace to draw to Jesus. Third, physically they had to eat the Passover Lamb just before their deliverance from Egypt; now Jesus, the Lamb of God, said that they had to eat of Him as a condition for their soul to be delivered from bondage to Sin and Satan. Fourth, physically they had to enter Canaan, the Promised Land, as a picture of entering into the Kingdom; now Jesus said that all those who have been delivered in their soul shall also receive resurrected bodies to enter the NH & NE.

#1. Jesus said: I Am the Bread of Life (John 6:35,48,51,58). We read in John 6 verse 35,

John 6:35, And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

What is this hungering and thirsting that Jesus speaks about? Jesus is not speaking about physical hungering and thirsting. He just fed them the day before with physical food, and He left them because they wanted to make Him their "Food King". Jesus said: "Labour not for the food, which perisheth, but for that food which endureth unto everlasting life". Jesus said: "I am the bread of life"; not in the physical sense, but in the spiritual sense. And again Jesus said it in verse 48,

John 6:48, I am that bread of life.

Jesus is in heaven. When Jesus said: "he that cometh to Me shall never hunger" He was speaking of spiritually coming to Him. We cannot walk over to Jesus. How do we come to Him? We come to Jesus by believing on Him. Jesus said: "he that believeth on Me shall never thirst". But which Jesus do we believe? We must believe Jesus who is the Word of God, the whole Word of God. The moment we start to pick and choose we are worshipping another jesus, but it is not this Jesus the Word of God. The Lord Jesus has never kept it secret that He was the promised Messiah. But He was not the kind of Messiah that the Jews wanted. They did not want a Messiah who would save them from their sins. They believed that they were already guaranteed to go to heaven because they were children of Abraham. No! The Messiah they wanted was a king who gave them health, wealth and physical prosperity all their lives and who would drive the heathen Romans into the sea. But Jesus said in V58

John 6:58, This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

The Jews thought that the manna that rained from heaven for 40 years was the ultimate miracle. But Jesus said: Your fathers ate the manna, and they died. The manna extended their life only for a few years. But "I am the bread of life which came down from heaven". "If you eat of this bread of life, you shall live forever". Now, let us apply this principle. Would Jesus have given the twelve apostles of this bread of life? Absolutely! And are they still alive? No. They also died. Well then, what did the Lord Jesus mean when He promised: "he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever"? Again, Jesus meant it in the spiritual sense, not in the physical sense. Jesus had in view spiritual life, or salvation of the soul. How then are we to partake of this bread of life? The Lord Jesus said it again in verse 51,

John 6:51, I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

This was totally foreign language to most of them. How can this man give us His flesh to eat? And:

John 6:53, Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Is this not plain as day. Unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood we cannot be saved. To emphasize this truth, the Lord Jesus repeated this cannibalistic statement in verses 54 and 55,

John 6:54-55, Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

Wow! This also applies to us in this 21st century. From these verses we get the definite impression that at the Lord's Supper the bread and the wine convert into the body of Christ and the blood of Christ. Is that really so? But what about the thief on the cross? What about John the Baptist? What about all the O.T. saints? They never had the opportunity to partake of the Lord's Supper. And today, someone in deep Siberia may be converted by listening to this sermon on the Internet. But he does not have the opportunity to find a church and to partake of the Lord's Supper. What about all of them?

There is a severe problem with this interpretation. If we believe that we must DO something to secure our salvation, then we have arrived at a works gospel. Every works gospel is a suggestion from Hell. The Bible is very clear on this point: Salvation is an unconditional free gift from God, and if anyone teaches you otherwise, the Devil has sent that person to you. It is not possible that the Lord Jesus has made partaking of the Lord's Supper a condition for salvation. Like wise, it is not possible that departing out of a church could be a condition for your salvation. I mention that, because this is what you hear quite often these days.

What then do the bread and the wine, or grape juice, represent in the Lord's Supper? To be honest with you, it took me many years before I understood what the communion service exactly is. The wording in the Catechism sounds like "lawyer's-gobbledygook" to me, and the wording in the communion formulary is not much better. What is the solution to this? If any of you have this problem, then turn to the Bible. All along here in John chapter 6 we have discovered that many of the concepts have to be understood spiritually. And here in verse 63 the Lord Jesus explains clearly what it means to partake of His flesh and drink of His blood. Jesus says in verse 63,

John 6:63, It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

In other words, the physical elements in the Lord's Supper, the bread and the grape juice, are not endowed with special powers from God, but the words from the Bible are spirit and are life. Christ feeds our souls with the Word of God. That is what it means. How many people understand this? Not many. But those who have been given to Jesus understand this. Therefore Jesus said in verse 37:

#2. All That the Father Giveth Me Shall Come to Me (John 6:37,39,44,65)

John 6:37, All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

Again, coming to the Lord Jesus means to believe on Him and to trust Him for the forgiveness of all our sins. Here Jesus says that all those whom the Father has chosen, have been given to Jesus. And they all shall come to Him, not one excepted. They are the only ones who will come to Jesus. That is why Jesus can say: "and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out". That is why the Gospel call goes out into the entire world. Only those whom the Father has chosen will be given faith by God the Holy Spirit. Believing the Lord Jesus, believing the whole Word of God, is a gift from God.

John 6:39, And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

All those whom the Father chose from before the foundation of the world, called the elect, have been given to the Lord Jesus, and they have been and still are in Christ. Christ so identified with His elect that He could take the guilt of their sins and carried them all the way through His atonement on the cross. The elect were in Christ when He endured for their sins the penalty that God required to satisfy His righteousness. They were crucified with Christ, they died with Christ, they were buried with Christ, they rose from the grave with Christ, they ascended with Christ into heaven and they are seated with Christ in the heavenlies. This is the atonement God has ordained for His elect. How dare anyone to tamper with this Divine Counsel, given so free and so full of mercy.

But sinful men came up with many devices to pump up their own ego and their own self-respect. They speak of God's "foreknowledge" of someone turning to Him, and then God bestows His grace on those who will turn to Him. First of all they do not know that grace means "unmerited favor". How can anyone merit "unmerited favor"? Secondly, how can anyone who is dead in sins of his own initiative turn to God, or turn to Christ. The Bible says that we were born dead in sins, absolutely dead spiritually, so that we are not willing and are not able to turn to God. That is why God rubs it in: V. 44,

John 6:44, No man CAN come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Literally: "No one is able to come to Me". Only when the Father, operating through the Holy Spirit, enables someone by giving that person a new heart, and by giving that person faith, only then will that person be willing to believe the Gospel. The Lord Jesus repeated this truth in verse 65,

John 6:65, And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man CAN come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

Salvation is a miracle done by God in the heart of someone on whom God wants to bestow His grace. And the person chosen is chosen entirely "according to the good pleasure of God's will". Only then will this new person partake of Christ, the bread of life, by reading the Word of God.

Absolutely! The Lord Jesus says here in verse 36,

John 6:36, But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

Paraphrased, the Lord Jesus says to those who are the non-elect: I have already said to you that you had the benefit of seeing Me, and seeing the healing miracles that the Father gave Me to do, and you had the benefit of seeing the multiplication of the loaves and of having your bellies filled, and you had the benefit of hearing Me preach unto you, but you still do not believe Me. Why don't you believe Me? Because you are not of My sheep. My sheep will hear My voice. That is why the Lord Jesus says

John 6:45, It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

God the Father, through the operation of God the Holy Spirit, teaches every one of His elect the truths of the Word of God. And every one of them shall come to Jesus. Not one of them shall be lost. Since God Himself made the change in our heart, no one is able to undo that change of heart that God has given us. Once we have become saved, we cannot become unsaved. And Jesus continued:

John 6:64, But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

This Gospel is very offensive to the non-elect, because it leaves them without any credit. All the credit goes to God. Those who are non-elect remain so because this Gospel is unacceptable to them. People do not turn from goats into sheep. People do not turn from tares into wheat. People do not turn from non-elect into elect. Look at what happened to the followers of Jesus. We read in verse 66,

John 6:66, From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

But to the elect this Gospel sounds like music in their ears. What a relief that it does not depend on our performance, and it does not depend on whether we are sincere enough, and it does not depend on whether we have enough faith, and so on. It is totally a free gift that is not earned or deserved. It is a free gift that is totally undeserved.

But since this Gospel is offensive to natural man, the only way anyone can be saved is when God transforms us into another being: God did that. God chose whom He wants to save, and God committed Himself to give them a new soul at some point before their body dies. This resurrection of the soul is called the First Resurrection. Therefore God also designed a resurrection of the body, so that we can be with Him as a complete personality. Look at what a beautiful future we have:

#3. Jesus said: I Will Raise Him Up at the Last Day (John 6:39,40,44,54). Look at verse 39,

John 6:39, And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

How many last days are there? There is only one last day. There are not two last days separated by 1000 years. That would make a mockery out of the Word of God. Moreover, who or what is the Lord raising up on the last day? The Lord Jesus said: "all which the Father hath given Me". That means everything on this earth and everything in this universe has been given to the authority of the Lord Jesus. That includes saved and unsaved live bodies, and dead bodies and the earth containing those dead bodies. The Father has given the Lord Jesus Christ authority to judge the living and the dead, and to raise up a new Heaven and a new Earth where only righteousness dwells. That is why Jesus says in verse 39, "but should raise IT up again at the last day". The word IT refers to everything and everybody. Both the unsaved and the saved and the whole earth will be raised up on the same day, which is the last day. Then Jesus continues in verse 40,

John 6:40, And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

This time the Lord Jesus said: "and I will raise HIM up at the last day". Everlasting life is bestowed on those who believe on Him, and those who believe on Him can see the Son of God, because they have come to Him, in the Scriptures. But who are those who come to Him? Jesus says in verse 44,

John 6:44, No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

It is only the elect of God, who will come to Jesus, and only the elect of God will see and believe the Lord Jesus in the Scriptures, and only the elect of God will receive everlasting life. Moreover, all the elect will be raised up on the last day, not one excepted. So it is not possible that there will be a glorious 1000 years where many on this world shall become saved. Everyone who becomes saved belongs to the elect. God is not saving anyone outside the elect. Therefore, when Jesus said in V.54:

John 6:54, Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Jesus indicated that these are the people who believe on Him, because Jesus gave His flesh and His blood in order to be the Living Bread for us. He was the Living Bread also for the thief on the cross, who found forgiveness apparently in the nick of time. But it was not the nick of time, it was just the right time that God had decreed from before the foundation of the world.

Four times did the Lord Jesus say in this chapter: "I will raise him up at the last day". This is the day of resurrection for the saints. Please turn now to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 15, and verse 54. At the last trumpet Christ shall come with all the souls of all the saints, and their bodies shall be resurrected as glorified incorruptible bodies.

In I Cor 15 God focuses on the resurrection of the body, which is called the Second Resurrection. Almost everywhere else in the Bible the salvation of the soul, called the First Resurrection is emphasized. But here in I Cor 15 the Second Resurrection is in view. God says in verse 54,

1 Corinthians 15:54, So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

"Death is swallowed up in victory" when Christ comes again and takes all His redeemed home. That is why God says in verse 55,

1 Corinthians 15:55, O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

As you know, death of the human body was introduced in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve sinned, by eating from the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But death of the human soul was introduced at the same time, and that is a far worse condition. That is why God writes in V56

1 Corinthians 15:56, The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

Physical death would not be so bad if there would not be any sin. But because we are all sinners, and therefore we are all subject to the Judgment of God, that is why death is such a frightening event for all those who have not been saved. You should be frightened if you are not assured of salvation.

Is it not wonderful that God has given us such an advance warning? The fallen angels did not get any such advance warning. There is no salvation program for them. God did us a great favor by creating physical death all around us. How awful it would be if we, in the prime of our life, would suddenly be snatched away and plunged into Hell, without any advance warning. God could have done that and still be absolutely righteous. But God in His mercy gave us advance warning by putting us on notice that there will be a day of reckoning, and no one is going to escape that Day of the Lord.

But when we are certain that our sins are paid for by Christ on the cross, that sting is removed. That is why God writes in verse 57,

1 Corinthians 15:57, But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift" (II Cor 9:15).

Amen. Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.