Context: John 6 contains what is often referred to as “The Bread of Life” discourse. Jesus explains to the crowd that the miracle of the loaves and fishes was pointing to the greater reality that he is “true food and true drink” (John 6:55). As we have seen so often in John’s gospel, those who come to Jesus confuse the physical and the spiritual and miss the point of who He really is.
in vv. 22-40 Jesus explains to the crowd who comes after him that they are to seek those things that are spiritual and eternal over the things that are physical and temporary. Their response indicates that they think that there is something God wants them to do to earn these blessings (6:28). Jesus corrects their misunderstanding by teaching that must simply believe in Him (29).
In vv. 22-40 Jesus teaches that there are three things that God wills for those who come to Jesus:
- It is God’s will that they believe in Christ (29)
- It is God’s will that they be kept in Christ (39)
- It is God’s will that they be raised by Christ (40)
In this sermon, we will look at that first of these, that it is God’s will for us to believe in Christ. in this text we will find that we must…
I. Come to Christ Ready to Have Our Hearts Revealed (22-26)
II. Come to Christ for What He Alone Can Give (27)
III. Come to Christ in Desperation (28-29)
Application: I would place two questions before you to consider as you listen to this sermon.
- Am I living in accordance with God’s most basic will for my life? Namely, that I would believe in and obey Christ (28-29).
- Can it be said that I am not laboring for the food that perishes (6:27)?