John -40 “Seeing Jesus”
Introduction: The people to whom Jesus is speaking in this text have traveled a long distance to see Jesus. They had come from far and wide to be healed of sickness and were treated to an extra special meal of fish and bread. These people wanted to make Jesus their King. They wanted Jesus to do their will but their will was contrary to the will of God the Father. Jesus had to depart from them to prevent them from making a dreadful mistake. These people need to see Jesus as the Savior not as a King or a Prophet or as a great philosopher and teacher. It may also be said of these people that they saw Jesus as only a man and nothing more.
(John 6:35) And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Adam Clarke wrote:
The person who receives the teachings of Jesus Christ, and believes in Jesus as the great atoning sacrifice, shall be perfectly satisfied, and never more feel misery of mind. All the guilt of his sins shall be blotted out, and his soul shall be purified unto God; and, being enabled to love him with all his heart, he shall rest, fully, supremely, and finally happy, in God.
1. Those that see Jesus for who He is come to Him.
A. As God In prayer
B. As God In worship
C. As God In need
D. AS God For forgiveness and Salvation.
E. The Lost do not see Jesus as God thus they do not pray, worship nor need Him.
(John 6:36) But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
2. Those that see Jesus for who He is, see God veiled in human flesh.
A. (Ezekiel 1:1-28) Ezekiel saw visions of God and what He saw was Jesus.
B. (Isaiah 53:2) He has no form nor comeliness no beauty that we should desire Him.
C. Even His enemies sad “never a man spake like this man”
D. Nicodemus rightly concluded that His miracles confirmed He was from heaven.
E. The Lost see only a man when they see Jesus.
(John 6:37) All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
3. Those that see Jesus for who He is, are safe and secure forever.
A. They will never Hunger nor thirst again.
B. They will be kept safe in the arms of Jesus.
C. Jesus will take possession of them forever.
D. Those who are lost do not know the peace that comes with salvation.
(John 6:38) For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
4. Those who see Jesus for who He is, accept Him as the God of Heaven.
A. He is perfect in obedience.
B. He is the perfect and only sacrifice for sin.
C. Those who are blind esteem Him as smitten of God.
(John 6:39) And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
5. Those that see Jesus for who He is, are a gift from the Father to the Son.
A. They are a gift and thus have no merit in themselves.
B. The Father knew that they would repent and believe.
C. The Father drew them to Jesus.
D. The Lost reject the calling of the Father and reject His Son.
(John 6:40) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
6. Those that see Jesus for who He is, have everlasting life.
A. They shall not come into condemnation but are past from death unto life.
B. They shall be a part of the first resurrection.
C. The Lost will be a part of the second Resurrection which is of condemnation (John )
Conclusion: You need to see Jesus as:
1. The bread of life.
2. The water of life.
3. The keeper of the souls of men.
4. God in human flesh.
5. The perfect doer of the will of God the father.
6. The raiser of the dead.
7. The giver of everlasting life.