I AM the Bread of Life
“I AM the Bread of Life”
Introduction to Study
Background on John’s Gospel & Context of Story
Ø “How did you get here?” Why did they care? A: They wanted another free lunch!
Ø Jesus saw through all of this!
Ø They missed the point! As a Jew to receive the reward of heaven you had to keep ALL of the Law. You had to work for it!
VV. 29-30, 31
Ø Jesus says what you must DO is BELIEVE!
Ø Obviously, they weren’t happy with his response because they went from asking what they should do, to asking what He was gonna do for them!!!
Ø That is a very dangerous attitude to adopt!
Ø They are insinuating that Moses is greater than Jesus.
Ø The English Translation loses some of the meaning. “has given”—Perfect, “gives”—Present
Ø Perfect tense shows a past event that has implications in the future. When Jesus speaks he uses a present tense, implying that what is given is here and now!
Ø Egw eimi o9 a2rtov tnv zwhv
Ø 2 Reasons for this construction
1. Emphasis (Big, Bigger, Biggest)
2. Identifying himself w/ the Great “I AM”
Ø Necessary for Life
Without physical bread people died physically. Without spiritual bread people died spiritually.
Ø Suitable to Everyone
It is Inexpensive and easily available
Jesus is not the caver of life!
Ø Bread Produces Growth
V. 40-41—Application & the Peoples Response
Ø Jesus is our Provider and Sustainer
Ø What are you feeding on?
Ø The Peoples response…HOW SAD!