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A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
[Part 2 of 2 in the series Summarizing John’s Gospel]
Recently I completely re-vamped a study I had originally written in 2003, entitled “The Seven Miracles In John.” In it I showed how John selected these seven miracles specifically for their ability to help us believe that Jesus is who He claimed to be, and that by believing we might have eternal life.
In addition to these seven miracles John’s gospel contains seven “I am” statements. Their focus is on what happens after we become believers. You can call them part 2 of John’s underlying message to the Church. In this study, we’ll look at these seven “I am” statements to see what they’ll tell us. Here’s the first one.
1. The Bread Of Life
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)
Jesus had recently fed the 5000. Incredibly some were still asking for a miraculous sign to help them believe He was who He claimed to be. They brought up the manna their forefathers had eaten in the wilderness (Exodus 16:13-18), and that established the context for this statement. I believe Jesus was saying the manna was meant to be a model of the Messiah. Whoever partakes of Him will never again know spiritual hunger. Like the manna, every one who seeks Him will find Him (Matt. 7:7-8), but each of us has to find Him for ourselves. No one else can receive Him for us, nor can we receive Him for anyone else. We all get an amount sufficient for our salvation. No one is lacking, none of Him is wasted.
As for our thirst, remember how Jesus told the woman at the well that the water He offered would cure her thirst forever.
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