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Jesus Unfiltered - Follow - Jesus, Miracles, and You, Part 2

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April 19, 2022 6:00 am

Jesus Unfiltered - Follow - Jesus, Miracles, and You, Part 2

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You could do a do over, you know what you are kid if you can do a do over in your life what would it be a business decision went south for choice. During this time the college made the addiction that you just can't kick if you long for a do over there so Jesus has a worldview to stay with. Thanks for joining us for this vision of Living on the Edge with your regular trips are Bible teacher for this international discipleship ministry focused on helping Christians live thought I really need a miracle just a minute. Chip continues to study the Gospel of John, suggesting that a Burkle the best solution to your problems in this program Chip chip reminds us that God knows everything, his goodness never changes his plans are better than anything we can or that context.

Let's join Chapelle for part two of his message, Jesus miracles and you picks up in John chapter 6 verse 26 and Jesus is now going to give a message that is filled with grace but with truth. The site thousands of people that are searching for him. But really, their search isn't so much about him. What he said is you really searching for what you want for you and you think I can be sort of your means to get that and is going to draw a line that will just begin a new relationship with following where he says I won't be used because you're wrong. The bread of this world no matter what it is matter what you could put in a little box and say if I had better if I was married or if my kid would do this or if I went public, or if we had so much money if we could find that second house, or if if if if then then then he just saying that is a bankrupt worldview ungenerous mankind and I'm loving but seek first. My kingdom and my righteousness. And I'll take care of those things and so I want to walk you through now you'll notice in your notes each time were learning to study the Bible, giving you the structure of the passage. It's a bit long. Some of it has some very interesting phrases that made a lot of sense to them. It's a little hard for our ears. So I want you to jump back in with me in the text and the people now have heard that materialism or using Jesus is not an option, and he's made this outrageous claim. Look at he says the work of God is to believe in the one he is sent. He says I am the answer, it's me, it's about relationship. It's not about stuff and so notice now the people asked for proof of Jesus claims these are outrageous claims. Verse 30 so they ask him what miraculous sign will you give us that we may see it and believe in you as though feeding 5000, yesterday wasn't a very good one, but not me.

That way I could I could give you peoples names who God supernaturally killed their kids in ICU and they promise they'd walk with Jesus forever and ever and ever, and there so far from God.

We so quickly forget God's miracles. God's acts will never sustain you only his ways, it's knowing him who he really is. That sustains our forefathers ate the manna Jesus said in the desert. It's written he gave them bread from heaven to eat at these speaking here Jesus said to them, I tell you the truth, it wasn't Moses who was given you the bread from heaven, but was my father who gives you the true bread from heaven for the bread of God.

Listen to this is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world speaking to himself six times in this passage, you'll say he who comes down from heaven. He wants them to know that wasn't fan God was showing you that he's your provider.

I want you to know it wasn't Moses who gave you the bread. My father gave you the bread. He's the provider. 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. No matter what you get matter what you achieve matter who you marry, you have hunger. It won't satisfy you need the next thing he says that will be true of me but as I told you, you have seen me but you still don't believe all that the father gives me will come to me that whoever comes to me I will never drive away for I've come down from heaven not to do my will but the will of him who sent me, and this is the will of him that sent me that I should not lose none of them that he has given me, but raise them up on the last day for my father's will is that everyone who looks at the sun and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day is you look at your notes. Just look at the structure. The miracle requested is you make this outrageous claim. Give us a miracle. The explanation is miracle I'm giving is better than Moses. His was manna bread. I am the true bread of God eternal life. Jesus clarifies that in the notice in your notes.

The promise made. I am the bread of life translation only, and relationship with me with your deepest needs ever be fully satisfied and then he gives another explanation, just in case they didn't get it on the bread of life is the father's will. It's open, you can have it to hear the grace they're missing the point in the next section. The people resist his invitation. Look at verse 41 at this, the Jews began to grumble about this he says I'm the bread of life he came down from heaven they said is this not Jesus the son of Joseph, his father and mother we know how can he say I came down from heaven. In other words there questioning his identity. All the miracle say this is who years but their logic and the person where a second. You know, I know Mariano Joseph you know that they don't have the virgin birth and all that stuff in their mind and their and their miracles say this, but what about that part is our hearts are open, but by the way people's lack of response to the truth of God is almost always a moral issue and not intellectual issue that they they're disregarding the facts. They don't understand it all, but they rejected verse 43 through 51 Jesus repeats his offer. They rejecting the notice here's grace picking up in verse 43 stop grumbling among yourselves. Jesus said no one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him and I will raise him up at the last day is written in the profits will all be taught of God. Everyone who listens to the father and learns from him comes to me this is radical if you really believe in the father you would come to me. No one is seen the father except the one who is from God. Only he who seen the father and in this phrase again. I tell you the truth, literally. It's the phrase, amen, amen or verily, verily, poor, bold, bold, listen up.

Third time is used. Few believes in me has everlasting life. When I talk about stuff to talk about religion and that is going to describe so what's it mean to believe in him. I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert and they died. But here's the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven.

Listen carefully. If a man eats its Aris tents point in time makes a specific decision. If a man eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world and he speaking about dying on the cross to pay for your sin and my sin and the sins of the whole world. Now you have to be offering grace again. I watch very carefully alter the book of John people whose hearts are hard to don't want to hear the truth. They initially hear things at the surface level instead of the deep level Nicodemus member, he heard you must be born again like you get back. My mother's womb, Nicodemus you not get okay Samaritan woman, would you like water that satisfies kosher salt never have to come back here surface none, and I'm talking about relationship with me. Watch what happens now in the text as a people take him at surface value and miss the point. Jesus now amplifies the condition of his offer. Here's the condition. Verse 52 then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves. How can this man give his flesh to eat will go to literal guys. Jesus said to them, I tell you the truth, or amen amen or verily, verily, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you, whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day for my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink, and whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, just as the living father sent me, and I live because of the father so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Our forefathers ate man and died but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.

He said this while teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum on hearing it. Many of his disciples said this is a hard thing. Who can understand not hard to understand.

This word means it's hard to swallow. It's the implications are two grave and I'll explain what he means by eat my flesh and drink my blood in just a minute, but there there realizing this belief. This all I believe in Jesus and feed me and and make my life work out in being a spiritual consumer is in an and in the note, this is about intimate relationship. Everyone has bread you have bread I have bread and you need to ask what bread are you chasing C bread is the substance of life. Bread is what delivers you get up to earn bread your work for bread. It's what matters is why you work, it's what you do, it's what you think about is what you dream about us were your strategy comes from what your goals are all about, and it is either about things that are temporal, its or its him what he saying is following me isn't like intellectually believing something about me having some religious activities in a store like here's the part of your life in Jesus is the slice, he said, eating my flesh and drinking my blood is I am your life that everything your life revolves around me and our relationships and be out of our relationship.

Your time and priorities in money and relationships in all of life.

Low because I'm God and I'm your Savior and I came and I and the only one that you will be ever satisfied with and so following goes up in the words of the apostle Paul. He would later say I'm crucified with Christ. Nevertheless I live yet not I but Christ lives within me in this life I now live.

I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me later on Hill Hill describe what this means in terms of eating his flesh and drinking his blood and tissues.

A simple word. It will be abide to be stay connected. He's talking about. Just as the father I have life in unity with one another in my life and his in the same way he's going to say followers of me are not some sort of I do things for them or they believe a set of principles for the following formula but it's the same kind of relationship I am them in them and me that I have with the father.

That's what he's talking about when he says eat my flesh and drink my blood is talking about intimate relationship aware of this.

The disciples were grumbling about this and Jesus said to them, does this offend you obviously so you think you six times of talk about the Son of Man coming down because it are you ready for this. And what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before. What if you get to see at the right hand of the father. I now think is important. Interpretation is not being literal with eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Verse 63.

The spirit gives life. The flesh counts for nothing. The words I've spoken to you are spirit, and their life.

Get some of you who do not believe for Jesus knew from the beginning which one of them did not believe in who betray him, and he went on to say, this is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the father is unable the condition here if you want to jot it down is to eat his flesh and drink his blood and can I just say like on the front that that's it. That's a pretty strong gross. I wonder what's going on statement right wing.

Doesn't that sound like sore spiritual cannibalism or something. What it meant. Then notice this is written in 90 A.D. the church is been in existence for roughly about 30 years, a New Testament Christian would read this and remember that passage and now they have the benefit of taking the Lord's supper as they gather and they would very clearly know all this is, he was predicting his body would die for us and there would be his blood shed for the new covenant. If I was a Greek gentile and I read this I would think of the mystery religions where in the mystery religions they had done a number of different things I didn't sort these wild exercises, but a part of their exercises they would offer food to a God and believe that the God I can't go into all the background but that the God would actually partake of the food digested and then they would eat the food when they leave in and believe that the God had taken up residence in them.

It was this idea that your whole life. Your whole life would be focused around the relationship with this God and if you are a good Jew and you heard someone say eat my flesh and drink my blood you repulsed and and and Jesus was saying to them the words I've given you their spirit in their life they're not there not here. You don't go back into the womb. They're not here.

It's not that you know have a bucket you don't have to draw Samaritan woman what I'm talking about is that intellectually agreeing that I'm the Savior of the world, and trying to use me for what I can give you is not following me a genuine follower. I am your life when you make a decision you ask me all member the miracle all provide for you miracle in the seat up.

I'll protect you. I care about you. I don't want you to talk to me just when your kids are in ICU or your finances go upside down or when you get laid off. I want to be at the very heart and the fabric effective. The apostle Paul was explained to us in our day. What's it mean now what's it mean out to eat his flesh and drink his body ready he would say, I urge you, therefore, my brothers, in view of God's great mercy to all for your body point in time as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable with him.

This is your spiritual service of worship. This is what it means to be a follower and in the everyday life.

Don't be conformed any longer to this world, the bread of this life, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that your life how you actually live your lifestyle could prove or test or demonstrate to you and to others what God's will is really like that which is good, acceptable and well pleasing and perfect. That's what it means to be over. That's what he saying he says I don't want part of you. I want all of you because I'm giving all of myself to you as you turn the page you notice there's two very vivid responses those who saw the miracles, the disciples the Jews the crowds the multitudes, he brought into a crossroads. He's asking you really believe in God you really believe on the way you understand the cost you understand the implications. These multitude something your rockstar when you're working my life out for me my way the disciples of convenience, you can write the word they defect notice verse 66 from this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. I want to follow you will be a fanatic believe in God will even Jesus, but on in my whole life revolving around this relationship. I think that's a bit much.

I think I'll do like my way.

Notice the text Jesus with tender compassion, says do you want to leave you do not want to leave to you, says it the Peter to the disciples. Yes, the 12 Simon Peter said Lord, to whom shall we go. You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the holy one of God. We believe the notes in the perfect tense. What that means is literally a very clear translation but we have already believed at a prior point in time and we have absolutely settled and know in our hearts.

You of the holy one of God earlier uses the word eat my flesh and drink my blood is the tense of the verb that is at a point in time. Later he says if you continue to feed on me. He's talking about. It's a different word for eat is a word for nourishing or eating or continuing and it's in the present tense. It means we keep on building and developing our relationship with him.

And so what he says is want you to follow me and this miracle is on what you know that what you need. I gave I am the bread of life, but I said you bread what's going on in your life would you invite me into where you have a need and then he says you don't know what's going on your life but would you invite me into the storms and the difficulties that miracles to let you know I will enter and I will help you.

I will rescue you will either take you out of it or I'll take you through it were, in some cases, you are so precious I'll take you and myself the very end of this passage says and Jesus said I not chosen you the 12 you want to view the devil meant this because Jesus, Judas Iscariot was one of the 12 would later betray him. The point is you can be exposed. All the truth you can see all kind of miracles. But the issue of the heart of being a follower really begins with surrender and I just would ask where you as I read this chapter. It was truth and grace and truth and grace, truth and grace and I just marked it all the way through the very end parallel passage all and because I feel it would be disingenuous not to let Jesus close our time in Mark chapter 8. In this setting, Jesus would say to the crowds and the disciples if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me to get you follow deny yourself that your agenda mine cross instrument of death and then he gives the reason it's it's gracious. It's kind it's hard but it's kind for whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses himself for me in the gospel will save it mean if you want to control your life. You want your agenda. You do your thing you want your temporal bread, you'll lose your life.

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul. What can a man give in exchange for soul because just it's a logical. We all know people literally I'll just tie this for whatever reason, I've ended up got relationship with lots of people have a big E by their name as an billionaire and I will tell you Christian or not. The saddest most difficult, painful things I've ever seen in all my life is either people in places like Haiti were there's devastating devastating poverty price out around kitchen tables with some of the richest people in the world and I will tell you the emptiness of a life when you could do anything have anything in your youth into a marriage or to your absolutely empty your emotional you're addicted to this you've tried this, you've done that you can fly anywhere you can eat anything in your absolutely empty because you foster soul, and Jesus, please don't go there. His final words, ones that I think we should heat. He says if any one is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his father's glory and the holy angels. I just cannot just be pastoral just for moment, I think we've gotten to where we are so fearful of either what people think or the implications of our life. But unlike the apostle Paul. I don't think the average follower says, for I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ and we will have to be bold and loving and winsome and show people that whatever their caricature of Christianity is wrong and what will need to love and powerful powerful ways but we will have to be bold and unashamed stand at the coffee shop.

You gotta stand that you sport time you get a scan in this carpool. You got a stand at work and you gotta know that there is a living God who will do miracles and were living in a season of history. He will intervene and supernatural ways because when ever there is a lull whenever there's a time in history where people were drifting far from God, he will choose to intervene because you know what he's going to authenticate his word. He's going to authenticate his teaching is going authenticate his heart. He's gonna reveal his power, but he's going to do it to regular people like us who are unashamed.

I don't mean bossy. I don't mean praise the Lord. I don't mean preachy I mean unashamed and passionately loving people who realize you haven't thrown your brains in the trash and you can say intellectually, I don't know what you're basing your life on what bread you're going after.

But I believe that Jesus is the son of the living God, he's my Savior is the Lord.

He's the creator of the universe. And guess what I've been actually intelligent person on the value when the facts I'm his follower. I'm not just a believer.

I'm his follower. He will be absolutely shocked, absolutely shocked the people that you think that never would be open that are waiting for one person may respect to be public and unashamed is application for this message. Jesus parables and you which is from the second volume of his Jesus unfiltered series titled follow whether we realize it or not we all want to be in control. Control of our finances or relationships or work, but that desire conflicts with our relationship with God. So how do we change that will in volume 2 of chip series Jesus unfiltered. He tackles the practice of following which begins with humbly allowing someone else to leave. Chip explains that when we decide to follow Jesus.

We agreed to believe, trust and obey him.

No matter what. And, in turn, he's responsible for leading providing protecting and loving us. Discover how you can experience the freedom that comes with following Jesus wholeheartedly. If you miss any part of the series Jesus unfiltered volume to or want to learn more about our resources Chip Ingram map is a great way to get plugged in woodchip of this message, you talked about how people can humbly and authentically engage with the unbelievers in their life.

The fact is, there's still a lot of hostility out there facing Christians today. Now you're in contact with a lot of people who are believers handling this pressure.

I think as Christians we see to responses neither of which is going to bring about long-term positive change in one is a combativeness and anger, a sort of the culture is the enemy and the other is what I call and set up in combat.

We capitulate and so go with the flow unit whom I to judge. Let's just all be loving, and so the one has truth with no grace and the other has grace with no truth is it Living on the Edge.

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I mean here the truth directly.

Right from the mouth of Jesus. You can see him heal people feed 5000 raise people from the dead, but the issue is always the heart.

We don't come as consumers we don't use God.

He is the king and the Lord of the universe.

He's the Savior of the world and even as you hear my voice right now he is speaking to you to say I love you. I've died in your place. I rose from the dead, your sins are forgiven, but what you must do is believe on the work that he has done in your place. The gospel is clear that you and me and everyone in all the world fall short of being perfect of measuring up to the glory and the perfection of God and therefore were alienated from him were his enemies were not his friend, Jesus came and died in our place paid the price hung up on the cross, your sin, my sin, the sins of all the world were placed upon him.

He absorbed them and covered them the good news is you're already forgiven, will you turn from your sin and receive it. It's a very simple proposition, Lord Jesus, I'm honest and real with you right now my life isn't what it needs to be. I turn away from my sin. I trust in you only Lord Jesus come into my life.

I believe you died in my place and rose from the dead and now I want you to be my Lord and my Savior and I want to follow you today. If you prayed that with me in your heart you need to text or call the greatest Christian you know then go to our website and we have some information there to help you begin to grow in your new relationship with Christ, if you prayed with Chip.

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