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Understanding Jesus: Sustenance for our Soul

John 6: 35-59, NRSV


We never seem to be satisfied with what we possess or achieve; we are restless and crave what is novel. As Plato puts it, we are like leaky vessels. It is as though we were containers into which we keep pouring things, but we never get filled up because there is a hole in each container and something is always leaking out. So we spend our lives trying to attain fullness, satisfaction, and completeness, and yet we never do. We go on thinking that if we only we had just a bit more, then we would be satisfied; if we had something else, then our potential would be realized, our happiness assured, and our fulfillment achieved.

— Diogenes Allen

  • Gracious Warning
  • Gracious Invitation
  • Gracious Provision
  • It will be okay, if only we have _____:
    • control
    • riches
    • a way to hide (being self-pity)
  • Not to settle
  • Invitation to:
    • trust
    • believe
    • walk with Jesus
  • Jesus might not seem so impressive to some
  • Invitation from God (v44) the Father to come to Jesus
  • v58 – This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.

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