#64 Bread of Life
Text: John 6:30-35
Prop: oyster crackers or poster above.
Summary: Jesus is the source of eternal life.
Do you remember how the children of Israel were fed while they wandered in the wilderness? [Listen for answers.] God fed them manna. The word manna meant "what is it?" because that's what they asked when they first saw it. It was probably similar to a small round cracker. [Show oyster crackers.] We are not sure, but it was small. They would have to gather it every morning because it only lasted for a day (Give us this day our daily bread). This was a great sign of God's presence with them and how he provided for them.
Jesus had performed a mighty miracle in Feeding the Five Thousand and the next day some of the people who had eaten of the loaves and fish had found him.
[Read John 6:30-35.]
These people wanted to see another miracle in order to believe Jesus. They gave him the example of manna as a sign from God. Jesus compared himself to manna and said that he was the true bread from heaven. He tried to explain that anyone who believed on him as God's Son would never die. He said they would never hunger or thirst. Jesus is the bread of life. If you accept Jesus as your Savior, you will live forever.
Now let me ask you a question: If I told you I had something you could eat, and you would live forever, would you want it? Yes, of course you would. When you eat something, you take it inside of you, your body digests it, and it becomes a part of you. That is what happens when you ask Jesus to be your Savior. You ask him into your heart, he comes to live inside you (Holy Spirit), and he becomes a part of you for the rest of your life. But that's the good part! Because God will live forever, so will you! We can be thankful that God has sent Jesus to us as the bread of life.
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