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John 6:1-12












John 6:1-13










John 6:1-14



The main job of a child is to learn.

A child learns to crawl, stand, and walk.

A child learns to talk, learns the alphabet and learns to read.

A child should learn to obey, and then do things himself.

A child should learn to think.

A child should learn Spiritual truths. Proverbs 22:6, Psalm 92:13, Ephesians 6:4


A child is capable of being saved and learning about prayer, Bible reading and memorization, Bible stories, and giving.  As children learn, they start to teach us. While growing up, our son, David, taught us about giving.  Our son, Mark, taught us about trusting.  Our daughter, Donna, taught us about witnessing.


In the Scriptures there are those children and young people who learn lessons, and, consequently, teach us.


Andrew states in John 6:9, "There is a lad here."

Often in the Bible there is a lad or young lady who is present to learn, and through learning, instructs us.





David's motive - the glory of God - Vss. 26-27

David's memory - past victories - Vss. 34-36

David's method - trust God, Do what you know how to do, Go in the Lord's name. - Vss. 46-50



Proverbs 19:17

Matthew 6:19-21

Luke 21:1-4

2 Corinthians 9:6-8




John 6:1-13



A GREAT CROWD - Vss. 1-4

A tremendous crowd (At least 5,000.) followed Jesus.



They needed to be fed. Jesus tested Philip but Jesus knew what He would do.

Sometimes the Lord allows us to be challenged by problems, but he knows what He will do.



One little boy with a lunch that would hardly begin to feed a multitude. However, Jesus didn't need much.  The food only needed to be available.  What little we have in the way of gifts and talents might not seem much, but if it is available Jesus can use it.


GREAT CONDUCT - Vss. 10-13

Jesus multiplied the food and fed the multitude.

Let Jesus multiply your efforts and watch Him build His kingdom!




John 6:15-21




Jesus had sent the disciples across the Sea of Galilee. Mark 6:46

Even what appears to be a small assignment is great when Jesus is the one doing the assigning.


GREAT ALARM - Vss. 17-19








John 6:15-21



Perhaps more than you, I have been victim one of the Christian's biggest problems, worry.  I have been taught and have taught that worry is sin.  I have also taught and been taught that sin breaks fellowship with God.  I have also taught and been taught that when I sin, I cannot be effectively used of God. It is no wonder that Satan tempts you and I to worry! When we worry we cannot be effectively used of God, because worry is sin!


In this message, based on the account of Jesus walking on the water, let us see some things that will help us avoid worry. There are three steps that if taken, will help us lick worry in our lives.


REFUEL - Vs. 15

Jesus had just fed 5,000 men plus women and children.

Jesus knew that the miracles of healing performed that day and the great miracle of feeding would work on some to try to make Him a king. They wanted to be fed! They wanted victory over the Roman government. But they were not looking for salvation.  It was not time for Jesus to reign as king. He first had to go to go Calvary's cross to secure salvation for us. So the first reason Jesus went to the mountain was to avoid a confrontation over his being made a king.


Mark 6:45-46 gives us some more information. Jesus was going to refuel!  He was physically tired having healed, taught, and fed the multitudes.  He would have been emotionally tired having dealt with so many people.  Jesus needed the strength that only prayer would give.  It was his habit. Mark 1:34, Luke 6:12


If we are going to "refuel" we also need to pray. Luke 18:1, Jeremiah 33:3, Philippians 4:5-7, 1 Peter 5:7, Isaiah 26:3


When Jesus went to the mountain, not only would He talk to his Father, but the Father would have talked to Him.  If we are going to refuel, we must let God speak to us through His Word.  Jeremiah 15:16, 2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:15-16


REMEMBER - Vss. 16-20

The disciples were on their way across the Sea of Galilee. Vss. 16-7

A storm came up suddenly, as they do upon Galilee. You and I will have storms of life come upon us suddenly. Things will look absolutely hopeless.


Vs. 19 - They had rowed 3-4 miles and saw Jesus drawing near. Not knowing who it was, they were scared.


Vs. 20 - Here is the great truth to remember during our storms. Jesus comes to us. We need not be afraid because He is with us.  Hebrews 13:5, Romans 8:35-39 

If we remember that Jesus is with us, we can remain calm and not worry.  Hebrews 4:14-16


RECEIVE - Vs. 21

Notice that the disciples immediately received Jesus into the boat. This is exactly what we should do. When Jesus was allowed entrance they were safe.  If you do not know Christ as Savior, you need to receive Him as Savior. John 1:12

If you do Christ as Savior, we need to allow Him to have charge of the boat, to be captain of the ship.  As we do this, He will control our worries.




John 6:15-21



There are times in our lives when we sense real danger.  It might be physical danger, emotional danger, situational danger (e.g. divorce, loss of a loved one, etc.) or Spiritual danger.  As Christians, if we are alert, we will sense our Savior coming to the rescue, as He did for these disciples.





He came to them. He encouraged them that it was their master coming. They were not to be afraid.



They gladly received Him into the boat and were safe.




John 6:35-40



If you watch television, listen to the radio, visit commercial web sites or read the newspaper, you will have seen what advertisers call "a great offer" or "an offer you can't refuse".  The trouble with many of these offers for you to make a purchase is that the offers really aren't that good.  I've see many "great deals" that weren't so great!


In our text today, the Lord Jesus is making a great offer. It is an offer that you can refuse, but you will be sorry if you do.  Jesus is talking to critics who want him to repeat his great miracle of feeding the five thousand (John 6:1-13, 26-34). He makes a very clear and great offer to them.



Jesus offers Himself as "the bread of life". Just as bread is a basic ingredient in most diets around the world, Jesus is the basic ingredient for eternal life. Jesus is the resource we need for eternal life (John 14:6). Those who truly believe on Him will never be Spiritually hungry or thirsty.


REBUKE - Vs. 36

These people had seen Jesus and the way He fed the five thousand. Although they had seen, they had not truly believed on Him for eternal life.


REASON - Vs. 38

Jesus came down from Heaven to do the Father's will. This included going to the cross to pay for our sins, and to save all those that would believe on Him.


REASSURANCE - Vss. 37, 39-40

Jesus will not reject any that sincerely come to Him by faith. Vs. 37

All those who truly believe in Christ will be saved and resurrected. Vss. 39-40




John 6:35, 47-51



I probably don't need to tell you that there are many discontented people in this world. You meet them everywhere.


Discontented people are found in grocery stores when lines are too long or the product they want is not available.


Discontented people are found in homes when the husband is not making enough money to make ends meet or his income is only adequate and does not allow for a new car or all the "toys" that the children want. Sometimes the husband is not happy because the wife or the children are not doing what he things they should do. The children might be discontented because Mom or Dad are perceived as too strict, or in some cases, too lenient.


Discontented people are found on jobs where certain employees are not happy with the boss, the working conditions or perhaps the pay.  Or maybe the boss is unhappy with his workers, his boss or the company he works for.


Discontented people are found in schools where students think that the rules are too strict, or that teachers are unreasonable, or too demanding or too lazy. There are also discontented teachers unhappy with administration or the students.


Discontented people are found in churches where church members are not happy with all that a pastor does or doesn't do.  They are sometimes unhappy with the church's music, the church's doctrinal stand or the church's programs.  Pastors are sometimes discontented with the size of their congregations, the lack of loyalty, or with their church leaders.


The world is full of discontented people! Have things changed since the days of our Lord Jesus?  No they haven't! Luke 12:13-15, Mark 9:34-35, John 3:1-3 (I believe that Nicodemus came to Jesus because he was discontented.)


I want us to look at a specific instance of discontentment this morning found in John 6.  To begin with, Jesus works a very famous miracle in this chapter.  Using a little boy's lunch He feeds 5,000 men plus women and children.  That was quite an accomplishment.


Vs. 15 shows us one of the responses of some of the crowd. They wanted to take him by force to make Jesus a king. 


Here was a man who could heal people and provide food, why not make Him king?  Of course, we know why. Jesus is King but the time for establishing His kingdom on earth was not then.


Jesus came the first time to save sinners by dying for them. The next time Jesus comes his Kingdom will be established.


I feel that this movement to make Jesus King shows discontentment.  They were discontented with the Roman government.  And many followed Jesus as Messiah thinking that He would establish His kingdom right away and overthrow the Roman government.


Another reason for discontentment was the very fact that they had to work for a living! They wanted free food so they didn't have to work. If Jesus were king, they probably thought, he could put the whole country on welfare!


Jesus dispersed the crowd and went into a mountain to pray.

Later that evening He met the disciples on the lake, walking on water.  That was another miracle that showed His power and deity.


Vss. 22-26 - Some of these discontented people showed up the next day.  Jesus revealed their selfishness and their laziness. They were looking for Jesus because they ate and were satisfied.


Vs. 27 - Jesus warns these people not to labor for food that is temporary, but for food that endures for eternal life.


Jesus then proceeds to point these people to Himself.


Using Vss. 35 and 47-51 of John 6, I would like to show you how to have true contentment. In the center of our thoughts this morning is Jesus' statement saying "I am the Bread of Life".  This is one of seven "I am" statements that Jesus makes in the Gospel of John.


The phrase "I am" was definitely a reference to Jesus' dignity.  God referred to Himself by that term when talking to Moses. Exodus 3:14 God is dependent on nothing and nobody for His existence. He is just there. He is! Revelation 1:8


Jesus, the Son of God very clearly shows us that He is the answer for all discontent because He is the Bread of Life.


As we look at Jesus as the source of true contentment in a discontented world I want us to consider:


A PROMISE - Vs. 47


Humanly speaking, man's biggest problem and the greatest source for his discontentment is his mortality. Psalm 90:10


Into this fear of death comes another problem. Hebrews 9:27

The discontentment caused by death is complicated by the fact that we must stand before God and give an account. We are all sinners deserving of judgment and condemnation.

Romans 6:23, Ezekiel 18:4, Isaiah 64:6


Jesus answers this discontent caused by death by making a promise. John 6:47


Jesus is saying, "There is an alternative to eternal death.  There is an alternative to punishment. There is an alternative to discontent caused by the fear of death."


Why is there an alternative to eternal death?

Why is there an alternative to the fear of dying?


It is because Jesus took your place, dying for your sins on what has been called the "Old Rugged Cross". (You may quote the hymn if you like. Words are found at Romans 5:6-8, 2 Corinthians 5:21


You see, Jesus died for your sins on the cross.

Jesus died for you so that you don't have to die eternally.

Jesus' promise is that anyone who will simply believe on Him can have forgiveness of sins and eternal life.  John 6:47


Believing on Jesus for eternal life means trusting Him instead of trusting yourself. When you trust Him, He provides eternal life in the future and a new life now. That's His promise!

2 Corinthians 5:17


A PERSON - Vss. 35 and 48


Here is Jesus' first "I Am". He is the bread of life.

I think that just about has some sort of bread.

I think of bread as basic food.


Bread gives nourishment.

Bread helps maintain physical life.


Jesus is the "bread", the basic for eternal life.

Without the "bread of life", there is no eternal life.


The person who finds the "bread of life" no longer has the gnawing pain and sorrow associated with being separated from God.  He comes to Jesus no longer has to suffers from Spiritual hunger and thirst that leads to eternal death.


Trusting Jesus, or eating the "bread of life" leads to no more fear of what is beyond the grave.


John 6:48  - Notice that Jesus is that bread of life.

There are no other alternatives.

If you want life you must come to Jesus, believing on Him.

It's that simple.


Christian, Jesus was your answer to discontent concerning death.

But, Jesus is also your answer for contentment in every other area of your life.

Hebrews 13:5-6


Christian, true contentment is not found in your possessions.

True contentment is not found in money.

True contentment is not found in alcohol, sex, or drugs.

True contentment is not found in being loved or popular.


True contentment is found in your personal daily walk with Jesus. John 10:10, John 15:4-5, John 15:9-11


Christian, allow Jesus to control your life now. As you do, you will experience true contentment daily. The Apostle Paul did: Philippians 4:11-13


Contentment is found in a person, the Lord Jesus Christ.


A PERSPECTIVE - Vss. 49-51 


Jesus gives some perspective to what He has just said. In Vs. 49, He reminds his listeners that their ancestors had eaten manna, supernaturally provided bread.


They ate this manna when they were with Moses in the wilderness, traveling between Egypt and the Promised Land.


As good as the manna was, it did not provide Spiritual life.


Vs. 50 - Jesus is that bread that came from Heaven. If a person eats this bread, that is, believes on Him, he will not die. Oh, he will probably die physically, but his spirit lives on. Death is only a shadow.


Vs. 51 - Men and women who trust Jesus will live forever because of His flesh given as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.


When a person believes on Jesus Christ, there is a whole new perspective on death.

Philippians 1:21


So what is the point of this morning's message?

There is no reason for anyone to fear what is the greatest source of discontentment of all - death!


Have you placed your faith in Christ?

If not do so now!

Are you a Christian?

Find your contentment in abiding in Him!





JOHN 6:47-48



If we approach life with a positive outlook, we are far more likely to be happy than if we have a bad outlook. Unfortunately, there are enough bad things that happen in our lives and in the lives of our friends and loved ones, that can often dampen our spirits, and cause us to develop a bad outlook.


The Lord Jesus, however, gives us good reasons to have a good outlook on life.  We find three of these reasons for this good outlook as we look at our text.



Verily, verily, I say unto you…


The words "Verily, verily" are literally the words "Amen, Amen" in the original language.  I think of Jesus saying, "surely, surely". Jesus is serious when he uses these words and He is pointing out to his listeners that whatever He is saying is absolute truth.


Jesus' teaching style was different from those of his day.  At the end of His famous Sermon on The Mount. Matthew 7:28-29

Indeed, during the Sermon on the Mount Jesus would quote teachings of the past and then say, "but I say unto you", and then give a clarification to the teaching.

An example of this is found in Matthew 5:27-28


Why could Jesus speak with such authority?

Jesus can speak with such authority because of who He is.   


Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


·        Jesus is wonderful! -

By nature, He is God.

His miracles were wonderful.

His teachings were wonderful.

His death on the cross for our sins was wonderful.   

His resurrection was wonderful.

The work He does now as our intercessor before God is wonderful.


·        Jesus is counselor!

Jesus is the counselor in that He comes to us as the revealer of the Father's will.


A counselor is one who gives advice and direction.

A counselor is one who gives help when needed.

More than once a counselor has gotten someone out of trouble.


As God, there is none that can give better counsel than the Lord Jesus. No wonder He tells us to abide in Him in John 15:4-5.


·        Jesus is mighty God!

He created everything. Colossians 1:16

Jesus is mighty God! He knows everything.

Jesus is mighty God! He is all-powerful. There isn't anything that Jesus can't do.  Just think of His mighty miracles, including the calming of storms and the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead.    


·        Jesus is everlasting father or "father of eternity".

Jesus is eternal.

He said in John 8:58 …Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Jesus is alive now and will be forevermore.

Because He is eternal, every promise He makes He is capable of keeping.   



Jesus is prince of peace because He secured peace with God for us. Romans 5:1  


Jesus is Prince of Peace because He promises His followers peace. John 14:27

So there you have it. Jesus is … Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


You have no greater authority than the Lord Jesus!

So when He says something here in John 6:47-48, you can believe it.

When He says something in the Sermon on the Mount, you can believe it.

Anywhere you see the red letters in you Bible you can believe the words, because they are the Words of Jesus.

Actually you can believe and accept, and trust in the whole Bible, because the whole Bible is God's Word.  It is authority! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 




I have a computer sitting on my desk and it amazes me. It can do two our three things at once, allow me to do word processing, store everything in files and connect me to the internet. It can find just about anything it has in store. It can play music and even video clips.  I would say the computer is complex.  And I only know how to use a computer, not what makes it work or how to fix it.


We have just passed the deadline of April 15th for filing our taxes.  The tax code is complex.  I don't understand the tax code, and as I result I rely on somebody who does to do my taxes.


Many people have made salvation leading to eternal life complex.

They think that they have to do good deeds to get into Heaven.

They think that they have to light candles, be baptized, do penance, go to purgatory, pay money, take communion, keep the ten commandments, and/or be a totally nice person in order to get into Heaven.


Jesus, our authority makes it much simpler.

John 6:47 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.


 Have you ever stopped to think how simple salvation is?


The trouble is, too many people think that the message of salvation is too simple. They think they must do something to earn forgiveness and eternal life.


My friend, God simply didn't make it that hard. Ephesians 2:8-9

·        You are a sinner, who isn't good enough to go to Heaven.

·        God is a righteous God who demands payment for your sin.

·        God in his love sent the Lord Jesus to die for your sins.

·        Jesus paid for your sins on the cross and rose from the dead.

·        Whoever believes, that is, trusts Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life becomes saved.

·        At the point of true belief, the Holy Spirit comes into your life and makes you a "new creature" in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17


If you have not availed yourself of God's simple plan of salvation, I invite you to do so this morning. It will change your life.


If you have believed on Christ, may I encourage you that this simple message of salvation that changed your life can change the lives of your friends and loved ones?  You actually need to know very little in order to share your faith with someone else.


Coupled along with telling someone how Christ changed your life you can simply explain what I've just explained to you.



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


Staples are the basic groceries you need. You know, bread, milk, flour, butter or margarine, salt, pepper, ice cream. J   


Probably the most common staple throughout the world is bread.  In many places, even around here, bread is very much a part of the diet.  I have heard a lot more people say "I don't eat meat, or much meat."  I can't recall anybody saying, "I don't eat bread."


Bread helps to keep alive.

Jesus tells us in our text that he is "that bread of life."

He's the staple. He's the basic. He's needed. John 3:36, 1 John 5:12

Without the staple of Jesus Christ as Savior, you don't have life.  


And let me tell you something else, Christian, unless you make Jesus a staple in your life daily, you're not going to have much of a life right now.


Jesus didn't just come to give you eternal life, but He came to give you abundant life, now!

John 10:10


 Do you want to know what kind of an abundant life you can have right now with the Lord Jesus?  As James Montgomery Boice pointed out in his commentary on The Gospel of John, the 23rd Psalm is a beautiful picture of abundant life in Christ.

Boice, James Montgomery, The Gospel of John Volume 3, ©1985, 1999 by James Montgomery Boice, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Pages 749-752


READ AND COMMENT ON THE 23RD Psalm. Show the abundant life we have when Jesus is our shepherd.




John 6:47-51



Most of us like to eat. However, if we didn't eat we wouldn't live.

For eternal life we also need "food".

Our Lord Jesus Christ is that "food" for eternal life.


A PROMISE - Vs. 47 - He that believes on Jesus has eternal life.

A PERSON - Vs. 48 - The bread of life is a person, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

A PERSPECTIVE - Vss. 49-51 - Those who ate manna eventually died.  Those who eat of the bread of Heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ, will never die.  Jesus gave his life so we might have life.

To believe on the Lord Jesus for salvation is to "eat" the bread of life.


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