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January 14, 2022 8:00 am
We all could use some encouragement to find it together today in the Bible-based seizing of Dr. Don Wilton on this edition of the book of John, just a moment or another were also heading to connect with you on our website GW online.org is the place to discover wonderful resources like the new book Dr. concern Greg Wilton again GW.org Dr. Don Wilton with me in your Bible morning. John's gospel in chapter 6. John's Gospel chapter 6 rather a long passage but unavoidable.
Because of the content in the context in which message finds its root this morning.
I have entitled message, simply when Jesus comes into the picture when Jesus comes into the picture. If I might say to you this morning by way of introduction and before we read this great passage.
It seems to me if we understand God's word and rape.
We seriously examine the life of Christ Jesus and God, our heavenly father began to be left with no doc from Genesis to Revelation. That God acts into specific ways to demonstrate himself to his people. First of all, he demonstrates himself by virtue of his power. Now you can go all the way back to the to the garden of Eden to discover the demonstration of the power of God. You'll remember what happened to the children of Israel. The Bible tells us that they were held in bondage. They were whipped and scourged. They were badly treated and had God through his servant Moses began to demonstrate what began to demonstrate his power and God began to do unbelievable things before all of mankind as a demonstration of his Majesty and a demonstration of exactly who he is. There were many times throughout the Old Testament that you and I could quite correctly say God had walked into the picture. God presents himself in the lives of men and women and boys and girls. The Israelites began to leave Egypt and they began to be confronted by all kinds of things that led one of those was the Red Sea they came up to the Red Sea and they looked, and behold, there was an insurmountable obstacle in front of them Pharaoh's armies were bearing down upon them. The people and once again what happened.
God demonstrated his presence by virtue of demonstrable power. I would've loved to been the I would've loved to see the expressions on those prices is God part of the war from the children of Israel crossed across dry land, and were delivered from the hand of the Egyptian. Then they got into the desert and once again the children of Israel were disobedient to God and they were so many demonstrations of how God poured out his power upon the people in the desert he same manner for them to eat. He got water out from Iraq. He delivered them from the hands of the enemies crime without number God demonstrated his power.
So it is right in the New Testament. The Bible says that the greatest demonstration of the power of God is that God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to himself.
One of the greatest demonstrations of the power of God, is the fact that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not die but should have eternal life.
Then we come up to John chapter 6 and it seems to me that Jesus had demonstrated his power both publicly and then privately it was a public demonstration of power upon the mountainside where Jesus took a mere poultry love offering from a mere poultry little boy who gave from the depths of his heart and he manifested his power publicly so that all could see the manifestation of the grace of God. Then he demonstrated his power privately he gathered his disciples together and he sent them off by themselves into that boat by them soon.
Leaderless and Jesus came walking upon the water in an unbelievable private demonstration of the public power of Almighty God, you would say to me today. Dr. Wilton when Jesus comes into the picture.
How does he demonstrate himself. He demonstrates himself through his power through miracles through wonders to change lives. But there's another way Jesus demonstrates his power and its through his preaching to what he said right throughout Scripture we find these words recorded.
Verily, verily I say unto you, and if you look at me a John's gospel chapter 6 and beginning particularly in verse 26. In our study we going to find once again that Jesus begins to demonstrate the manifestation of his presence through his preaching to what Jesus said he put it like this. He said I am the way the truth and the life no man can come unto the father but by me. But something extraordinary happened here. You see, my friends, it wasn't so much the demonstration of the power and of the preaching of Jesus Christ, that was the issue. It was what people did. As a consequence of the demonstration of the grace of God, and I want to ask this question today. What happens when Jesus comes into the picture, because if we understand the context in which Jesus began to talk about the fact that he was and is the bread of life.
I'm convinced today, my beloved friends that what Jesus was saying to these people as he is saying to you and to me today is what are you going to do when I come into the picture. Well, it's read these verses together not going to begin in John's Gospel chapter 6 and beginning at verse 25 when they found him on the other side of the lake by Austin Rabbi, when did you get your Jesus on I tell you the truth, there is you are looking for me, not because you sold miraculous signs, but rather because you ate the low and had your food. Do not work for food that school, but rather work for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you on him, God the father has placed his seal of approval is that an incredible statement isn't that of monumental eternal significance that Jesus Christ would have affirmed his power through his preaching both publicly and privately by stating that he did what he with the seal of the approval of God upon his life. We going to discover in the next few verses that Jesus does something almost unbelievable.
Jesus is not only has God placed the seal of approval upon the as the Son of Man, but because of me. I am the bread of life and when you eat of the bread of life used to can have God's seal of approval placed upon you full-time and for all eternity. Well, let's see what happens this 28 then by Austin. What must we do to do the works of God require Jesus on the work of God is this to believe in the one he is saved, so they Austin what miraculous sign then when you did that we may see it and believe you.
You do our forefathers like manna in the desert as it is written, he gave them bread from heaven to eat. Jesus said to them, I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my father who gives you the true bread from heaven for the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world sir by saying from now on give us this bread. Then Jesus declared, now he really begins to preach. I am the bread of life. This is the first of the RM signs. 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. As I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe all that the father gives me will come to me and who ever comes to me I will never drive away. Brian had come down from heaven not to do my will, but to do the will of him who sent me, and this is the will of him that sent me, that I shall lose that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day does the key verse for my father's will is that everyone looks to the sun and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the loss. Yet we have another reference back to the resurrection and the Bible says in verse 41. Unbelievably there is a staggering result of Jesus coming into the picture. At this, the Jews began to grumble about him because he said I am the bread that came down from heaven they said is this not Jesus son of Joseph, his father and mother we know how can he now say I came down from heaven stop grumbling among yourselves. Jesus on no one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him and I will raise him up at the last day.
It is written in the prophets. They will all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to the father and learns from him comes to me. No one has seen the father except the one grace from God only key has seen the father. I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life.
Your full father's a commander in the desert, but they died.
But here is bread that comes down from heaven, which a man might eat and never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will do for the last of the world than the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves by the Lord righties were upon our hearts. When Jesus comes into the picture.
I don't think there is anyone here today who would dispute the fact that God had manifested his presence both publicly and privately amongst the people that surrounded them. But something remarkable happened because there was an immediate response as there always is when Jesus enters the picture.
I want us to look at four things that took place in light of the context of this passage of Scripture number one going to submit to you today. If we understand what happened in this encounter, that when Jesus comes into the picture. Some people will always be perplexed.
Some people will always be perplexed look with me at verse 25 in verse 28. The Bible says when they found him on the other side of the lake. They Austin Rabbi, when did you get to. Then in verse 28. Probably one of the most critically asked questions of all religions in the world to the they Austin.
What must we do to do the works God requires.
You see my friends if we understand this encounter between the Lord Jesus Christ and his disciples, and the molds that mingled in society around about them. We have to conclude that when Jesus comes into the picture. Some people are always going to be perplexed, but they were perplexed for two reasons. Number one, number one because according to Scripture, there were some that were perplexed because they did not understand the presence of Jesus Christ. They did not understand the presence of Jesus Christ that we know what happened back there in verse 14 Jesus had St. by the multitudes away. They were from eating the food. Jesus sent the disciples back down to the person he retreated into the mountains.
Everybody saw Jesus lead by himself. Can you imagine the perplexing. Upon their hearts and minds, when all of a sudden the next day Comes Jesus in the boat with the disciples and the question that was upon their hearts is Jesus came into the boat with these disciple there were some people who were perplexed because they did not understand my beloved friends but wonderful news for you today.
According to God's word. You do not have to understand how Jesus got into the boat in order to become part and parcel of the life that he gives to you. In fact, the word of God teaches my friend that understanding the presence of Almighty God, understanding the grace of God. Understanding the fact that Jesus walks upon the water is not a prerequisite to eternal life. The Bible says we walk by faith and not by sight.
Forgive eruption will be back in just a moment with today's message but all when we hear those truth from Scripture when you walk by faith and not by sight. Sometimes it's difficult you do not need to walk alone. First of all, God promises never to leave or forsake, but we hear as well 24 hours a day at 8668 would be happy to pray with you, for you.
That's 866-899-9673 or email@example.com about today's great teaching with Dr. in 1370, revolutionized the world when Martin Luther discovered what the apostle Paul, written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and he nailed his 95 theses upon the door at the cost of the trust shall live by faith cleared just it is just as I had never seen the slate is wiped clean into the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of lords, not because Congress but because I'm willing to take God at his word. Amen is not an incredible thought all my beloved friends. These people these disciples. These men and women these boys and goes all that was so perplexed. They were so perplexed because they did not understand there are people here today.
There are people who are fellow shipping with us by way of television who would say to me today pasta.
I don't understand how that God could save me. I don't understand how God could reach down from the portals of heaven and touch me. You see friend when Jesus comes into the picture. You don't have to understand each of the bread of life. So what happens you'd say to me within pasta when do I understand Garrett happens the instantaneous moment that you and I accept Jesus Christ by Clay, the instantaneous moment that we quit trying to question understanding without head knowledge. The instantaneous moment that we repent of our sin and by faith receiving into our hearts. We are indwelt by the presence and the power of the spirit of the living God. And when the Spirit of God comes upon us. One of the major functions of the power and presence of the Spirit of God is to guide us in our Jesus to be in the boat. Jesus was in the boat.
I don't have to understand in order to accept the fact you see some people will be perplexed, my beloved friends because they don't understand that lots of things I don't understand many things I don't understand.
I'm actually quite a knuckle writing when it comes to most things in life.
I just don't understand a lot of things. My dear friend Fred Delport is visiting with me my brothers father and mother-in-law. He said to me the other day was standing out on my deck and I got a megabit I mean it's just the best thing you've ever seen. We could put the whole thanks requiring a megabit and he said to me, obviously you must devote a little bit of this, I said read my lips, brother. If I had built any of this, the whole thing would've collapsed Bonner. I don't understand how they put together and lots of things I don't understand how black cow can eat green grass to make smart looking producers yell about that. I want you to know that it's your taste good but when it comes to the deep serious things abroad, the word of God says when I come into an encounter with the presence of the Lord's note telling understand. So my perplexing is understandable, but they were some who were perplexed not just because they didn't understand, but in the second place that some people were perplexed because they did not want to understand because they did not want to understand.
Look with me at verse 41, folks can you believe verse 41, just just think how I miss read something here in Scripture and am I missing something what what did Jesus not just feed the 5000. Did Jesus not just walk on the water and then miraculously presents himself in the boat as they arrived back on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Had Jesus not done something that made the outpouring of manna from heaven seemed minuscule compared to the demonstration of these power and grace and typically read in Scripture at this, the Jews began to grumble. You see friends when Jesus comes into the picture.
Some people will always be perplexed, some of whom because they just don't understand. And those people also eligible for the bread of life.
But some people will be perplexed because they just don't want to understand. Have you ever met someone who, it doesn't seem to matter what you do, how you do it. It doesn't matter which way you stand up and what you say it doesn't matter how much God pours out his grace.
It doesn't matter the testimony of change lives. They just refuse to want to understand the manifestation of the presence of God forbid, beloved friends that they should be any man or any woman worshiping with us today who has seen the outpouring of God's spirit. It's not that you don't understand is that you just don't want to understand. I don't have time. But if you look with me at Matthew chapter 23 you'll see what Jesus at the site. People like that he was talking about the Pharisees and the Sadducees, they hope that's what he said brother. He said in verse two, chapter 23 the teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses Street, so you must obey them and do everything they tell you.
Verse five everything they do is done command to see they make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on the garments long. They love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogue, they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have many call them Rabbi verse 13 well unto you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites, you suck the kingdom of heaven in men's faces usual cells do not enter neither will you let those into who are trying to enter. May I submit to you today my friends in the office tomorrow of the outstretched outpouring manifestation of the presence of God that when Jesus comes into the picture. Some people will always be perplexed because I don't understand some because they just don't want to understand but I want you to note in the second place when Jesus comes into the picture.
Some people will see themselves as they rarely are. Some people will see themselves as they really are from verse 26 to 29 Jesus responds to the perplexing soul-searching mind grappling question that these people had because of his presence and it is at that point is Jesus comes into the picture that some people see themselves as they really are and when you coming to the presence of Jesus as they did. You see yourself in the light of two basic fundamental dynamics in Scripture number one they sold their real nature and number two, they saw and understood their real need to see friends when Jesus comes into the picture. He puts his finger on the pulse of delirious man's nature and man's need my beloved father has said to me many times, son of man will never come to know Jesus Christ unless he encounters the presence and the holiness of God because it is only in the presence in the holiness of God that man will begin to understand and see himself as he rarely is in terms of his nature and in terms of his need. In verse 26. Jesus seem to put his finger on the pulse by.
He said I tell you the truth you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate the loaves and the fishes and you are food physically you see Jesus, my friend. When he came into the picture. He began to force people to see themselves as they rarely were.
He put his finger right on the very nature of man, what is the nature of man.
The nature of man is all terrier motive. The nature of man is that I worship God because of what I can get for God, not because of what I can do for God then comes to church to keep up with the next-door neighbor out of tradition out of duty. Man does what he does because he knows it he prays to God, there will be no catastrophes man goes to church to pray that God will cause diversion and avoidance of war in the country of Haiti.
But the Bible says my friend that when we get to the real nature of man.
Bible says we are born dead in our trespasses, there is none who do is good, no not one. All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God and when we come into the presence of the one who walks upon the water and he climbs into the boat with us. We have got to come to an understanding that we see ourselves as we really all placed against the unbelievable attributes of God, which is these holiness and his righteousness and his justice and his grace and his mercy, and when we come into his presence. We discover the real nature of who we all we don't only discover the real nature, but we discover our real need to see our real need, according to Jesus in verse 27 do not work for food that spoils, but all the food that endures to eternal life on which the Son of Man will give you on him, God the father has placed his see you all the proof is not incredibly, Jesus didn't just point to the nature of man. He pointed to man's need, and man's need is not to fill the stomach man's need is to complete man's name is not to satisfy the appetites of man's need is to play the bread of life and to understand the meaning of the total loan powerful preaching and teaching from the pulpit with Dr. Don Wilton but now as he steps in the studio.
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Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that on the center and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today.
I repainted my ship and by faith I receive you into my Jesus night, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God.
This is exciting news.
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