Sunday, May 26, 2024

John 6:28-51

In the Gospel of John, Jesus made a series of “I am” statements. He said, “I am the light of the world” (8:12); “I am the gate for the sheep” (10:7); “I am the good shepherd” (10:11); “I am the way and the truth and the life” (14:6); and “I am the true vine” (15:1). Today’s passage, where Jesus said twice, “I am the bread of life” (vv. 35, 48), is the first in this series. This, of course, is a metaphor, and Jesus’ hearers never seemed to understand His metaphors. They could only think in terms of physical bread, like Moses gave their ancestors.

Starting Out:
1. Has there ever been something in your life that you longed for but were not capable of obtaining for yourself? What was that like?

Read John 6:28-34:
2. Had you been in Jesus’ shoes, how would you have reacted to the questions and responses of the crowd?
3. What did Jesus say “the work of God” is? What is the irony in describing that as “work”?
4. Why did Jesus make a point of saying that it was God, not Moses, who gave the people the manna in the wilderness? How is Jesus a spiritual equivalent of that manna?

Read John 6:35-51:
5. How many times in this passage did Jesus declare Himself to be “the bread of life”? What does this phrase imply? How did He connect it later on to communion or the Lord’s Supper?
6. What made those who grumbled especially cynical about Jesus’ claim to be “the bread that came down from heaven” (vv. 41-42)?
7. Jesus said in verse 37, “All that the Father gives me will come to me.” Is coming to Jesus a matter of God’s choosing, our choosing, or a combination of both?

Taking it Home:
8. How would you describe your own spiritual hunger right now?
9. If, as the saying goes, “Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread,” what could you say to another beggar about where you have found “bread” in your life?
10. How might we as a group help cultivate hunger in one another for Jesus, the bread of life

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
Acts 14, Matthew 13:10-16, 1 Samuel 8