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Jesus: The Bread of Life

John 6:25-58 Jesus worked lots of miracles. John records just a few of them. In John chapter 4, John tells how Jesus healed a royal official’s son from a distance. And then in John chapter 5, John tells how Jesus healed a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. This last one, the man who had been an invalid for 38 years, Jesus healed on the Sabbath. Because they considered healing on the Sabbath to be breaking the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted Jesus. Jesus answered: “ My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” ( John 5:17 NIV ) The Jews, understanding that Jesus was saying He was equal with God, became zealous to kill Jesus. All this attention because of His work and His teaching caused huge crowds to follow Jesus. In our day, Jesus gets even more attention. His name is known around the whole world. Places do exist where the name of Jesus has not been heard, but they are few. In the English-speaking world, His name is used as a swea

The Vine

John 15:1-17 We are in troubled times! This Coronavirus shut down is unprecedented. There has never been anything like it in history. For one, we have never been able to communicate like we are now. We communicate instantly via the internet.  In John chapter 15, Jesus was talking to His disciples at a time of trouble. In John chapter 14, He was calming them down. Having told them in John chapter 13 that He was going away, in John chapter 14 He was telling them, “Let not your hearts be troubled, trust in God, trust also in me.” So, Jesus, in John chapter 14 is saying, “Trust me.” Chapter 15 is a continuation of what He was telling them in 14, but His teaching shifts to from what was about to happen to what their continuing relationship to Him would be. This teaching was given to comfort and strengthen His disciples in troubled times. Where are we to go to for help? Where are we to go to for encouragement?  Jesus points us to Himself. He says, “I am the TRUE vine

The Way

John 14:1-21 At the end of John 13, Jesus told His closest followers: Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can ’ t come where I am going. ( John 13:33 NLT ) Peter asked why. Why could he not go with Jesus? He was prepared to die for Jesus. This is when Jesus told Peter that, far from dying for Jesus, he would deny that he even knew Jesus. These words troubled and perplexed the disciples. So, Jesus said to them: Don ’ t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father ’ s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going. ( John 14:1-4 NLT ) We live in a troubled and perplexed world. Many claim to have the truth. The Muslim claims to have th