Knowing God and John’s Gospel (3)

How much do you enjoy life? How much do you take it for granted? How much are you sure that you will be happy after you die? Why? John’s gospel about Jesus has a lot to say about life now and after we die. 

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The city is Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. On the hill overlooking Rio is a statue of Jesus. Is he looking over you as your Rescuer and Ruler?

In John chapter six, after Jesus feeds 5,000 men plus women and children with a few loaves of bread and fewer fish, Jesus says to the crowd still following him while hoping for another free-food handout, that they should seek the food that feeds them forever. Then, he shocks them by saying, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” He speaks figuratively about himself as God by saying “I AM.” Why? He has just contrasted himself with Moses’ manna and then identifies himself with the God of the burning bush, who says that his name is “I AM” (Exodus 3 &4).

Here is a closeup of the statue of Jesus overlooking Rio.

How does Jesus feed believers? He feeds us physically from God the Father when he gives us food for our meals. That’s the reason many Christians pray before their meals. But he also feeds us spiritually when we read and study the Bible, when we go to church to hear the Bible proclaimed, and when we pray.

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The Last Supper was Jesus' last meal with his closest followers before his death for our forgiveness.

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