Meditations on the Life of Jesus: Week 4 - “The Bread of Life”

Most weeks in 2018 we will be posting follow up resources to help you reflect on and apply what was preached each week.

SERMON SUMMARY:
Lent is a season where we symbolically enter the wilderness with Jesus. In many ways, life in this present age is like a wilderness journey. There is much sin, pain, suffering, hungering and thirsting for something of substance. In the wilderness we are asked to walk by faith, God’s presence and power are not always obvious to us and in fact, God often seems hidden. To survive in the wilderness we must set our minds and hearts on Christ. This happens as we allow the scriptures to form our imagination, by which the Holy Spirit shines upon our hearts with the presence of Christ. We enter John’s Gospel from the wilderness journey and our longing is to look upon Christ’s life through the many images John gives us to consider. This week we saw that Jesus is the “Bread of Life.”

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SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” - John 6:47-51 (ESV)

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Read John 6:47-51. Slow down and spend a few minutes writing out reflections on these verses. What sticks out to you about this passage? What questions come up?
  2. What connections do you see between food and Jesus? Why is it important for us to recognize God as the giver of all food and life?
  3. What does it do to us when we view creation as an end in itself? What ordinary activities in your life seem most disconnected from God’s presence?
  4. Consider 1 Timothy 4:4-5 - How does this verse give us insight into viewing creation as an invitation to delight in God? What could this look like practically in your own life?

Resources:
Remember to download or pick up a copy of the Lent prayer guide. This is a daily guide that leads you to read, pray, and reflect on Christ in the scriptures and God’s presence at work in your life.