Day 16 (March 12), John 6:35-59
Context: Jesus continues his discourse with the Jews in the synagogue in Capernaum. In this passage he makes one of his 7 great ‘I Am’ statements recorded and specifically singled out in John’s narrative. ‘I am the bread of life’ Jesus claims, and ‘he who comes to me will not hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’ Jesus compares and contrasts himself, ‘this bread from heaven’, with the manna that God sent to the Jewish people in the desert during their wanderings in the wilderness.
Observations: What eventually happened to everyone who ate the manna (bread) in the desert? What happens to people who believe (eat or partake) in the Bread of Life - Jesus? In Verses 42 and 52 the Jews voice their objections to Jesus’ claims. How did Jesus refute them?
Application: What can you do this week to more fully partake of the bread of life that Jesus offers you? What similarities are there between eating (breaking bread) and feeding on God’s Word? Make a practical adjustment the rest of Lent to be more consistent in reading the passages from John: set a specific time, sign up for text reminders, go to bed earlier, avoid time-wasters, avoid distractions like checking sports scores (yours will be different than mine). :)
Prayer: Ask God to increase your hunger to know Jesus and to dig into the Scriptures ... which point to Jesus!! Pray that as we do that the Lord transforms people at Evergreen and we have new stories to share!