The I Am Teachings Of Jesus
Learning From Jesus – Lesson 2
Scripture To Consider:
“Then Jesus said unto them [after the feeding of the 5,000 plus with two fish and five loaves of bread], ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’”
“Then they said to Him, ‘Lord, give us this bread always.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He [or she] who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he [or she] who believes in Me shall never thirst.’” John 6.32-35
Something To Consider:
After being miraculously fed by Jesus in the wilderness, some of the well over five thousand men, women, and young people, in our previous passage, asked Jesus a question which prompted His answer in the form of today’s Scripture to consider. “What sign will You [Jesus] perform then that we may see it and believe You?”
The feeding of so many with so little apparently was not enough for some who ate till they were filled, to believe Jesus! But what about us today? Are we still seeking signs? And if so, the Antichrist and the false prophet, who will be revealed approx. seven years before the end of this age, will produce signs, miracles, and lying wonders in the midst of this end time generation. Therefore, do not be deceived!
These doubting unbelievers continued, by stating; “Our fathers [Jewish Old Testament ancestors] ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He [Moses] gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” And yet, Jesus instructed them concerning the truth of the six days a week appearance and supply of what they called manna or bread-like substance, by His declaring for the record; “I am the bread of life.”
I am a bread lover, and it shows! But, as in the last week’s learning from Jesus’ lesson of a lifetime, Jesus instructs us that we must come to Him if we desire to never hunger again spiritually speaking. We must come to Jesus in order to truly believe and in order to never again thirst, spiritually speaking.
Coming to Jesus is our first step in our journey with Jesus and in our learning from Jesus. The blind who received their sight, did so by coming to Jesus. The lame walked only after first coming to Jesus. And the dead were raised to life both physically and spiritually after someone on their behalf had brought them to Jesus or Jesus to them. Therefore, have we come to Jesus recently? And if not, why not?
Something Else To Consider:
Last week we learned from Jesus that coming to Him and or His Word, has removed heavy burden-like bondages of sin and guilt from many individuals’ personal lives in every generation since Jesus spoke these liberating words. By coming to Jesus many have been given rest for their souls in exchange for overloaded burdensome sin-sick souls awaiting eternal death and punishment.
We also learned from Jesus that we could exchange extremely difficult yokes of bondage for easy yokes by our simply coming unto Jesus. And yet, the majority of every generation chooses not to come to Jesus. Therefore, they await an eternal destiny much less than desirable due to their refusing to come to Jesus in this life.
And yet, Jesus acknowledged, “I am the bread of life“. He continued His insightful revelation by stating, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out”. Jesus is confident that some will come unto Him. And yet, He is not dissuaded or distracted from His earthly but eternal mission when only a few in every generation truly come unto Him in and through true repentance.
But what about us? Have we come unto Jesus on His terms, His biblically revealed terms? Or have we come to a man-created organization with man-made rules, regulations, and traditions built around false teachings that in actuality are in total opposition to the teachings of Jesus? This is indeed something else to consider!
Something More To Consider:
In Matthew chapter 7, in verses 13-14, Jesus explained the many and the few earthly dilemma. Speaking of entering into the eternal kingdom of God, Jesus instructed; “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate [or entrance point into the earthly kingdom of Satan] and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many [not a few and not some, but many] who go in by it”.
Jesus continued His narrow and wide discourse in verse 14, by also revealing; “Because narrow [or constricting] is the gate [or entrance point into the eternal kingdom of God] and difficult is the way which leads to life [eternal life and new life in Christ], and there are few [not many and not some, but there are only a few] who find it”. How sad and how shameful after all that Jesus has accomplished to create just the opposite eternal outcome!
In other words, there are two greatly different spiritual kingdoms with vastly different entry points. One entrance is narrow, constricting at times, and difficult to enter according to Jesus, but that true biblical entry is so very extremely eternally rewarding! The other imposter-like entry points lead to eternal destruction and are selected by the majority many in every generation including this 21st century and possible end time generation. How very sad!
A Few Final Words:
Only the few are spiritually satisfied with Jesus; the I am gentle and lowly, and I am the bread of life. And it is the spiritual few who have truly come unto Jesus who will never hunger or thirst, eternally speaking. And it all begins with our coming to Jesus!
Have we entered into the eternal kingdom of God by way of Jesus, the bread of life who satisfies all our spiritual and physical longings? Yes, the journey to and with Jesus is of a narrow nature. Yes, the journey to and with Jesus is at times constricting and difficult, and yet, it is the most rewarding journey we will ever experience with exceedingly great eternal rewards!
And according to the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3.12, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus shall [not maybe but shall] suffer persecution.” Therefore, let us commit ourselves to coming unto Jesus every day of the rest of our lives or unto the rest of this age! We will not regret a single eternal moment even when persecuted.
Our Father in heaven, cause us to come unto Jesus often. Grant to us a holy desire to live godly lives in Christ. Cause us to come often to the bread of life Jesus, who is the Word of God come in the flesh. And thank You Father for the written and preserved Word of God, Jesus! In Him Always, Amen!