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Holding forth the Word of Life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ

Philippians 2:16

These Are Hard Sayings

(An Exposition of John 6) 

In John 6:1-13, John records Jesus feeding well over 5,000 people (cf. Matt. 14:21) with twelve baskets of food with fragments still remaining.  Upon seeing this demonstration of Messianic power, the people wanted to take Jesus by force to make Him their King.  Their outlook was “the crown before the cross”.  However, Heaven’s predestined plan was and always remains, “the cross before the crown.”  “The Valley of Humiliation before the mountaintop of Exaltation.”  Jesus departs both the multitude and their vain plan to crown Him a King.  So much for those who advocate that Jesus came to offer Israel an earthly paradise without Rome’s heels upon them.  

The following day (6:22, 59) while in a synagogue in Capernaum, the famous discourse by Jesus as “The Bread of Life--The Bread of Heaven” is given. These penetrating and disturbing words from the greatest of all teachers is not well received.  In verses 41, 43 and 61, the Jews, many of whom were His professed “disciples” were said to have murmured against their professed “Master”.  However, Jesus never apologizes, never regroups to start His message over again, and never complains to His Father.  He just continues His message undeterred by their stubborn unbelief.  It was their rigid literalism (see:  John 2:18-22; 3:4; 4:11, 15) that always got in their way from really hearing what Jesus was truly saying and implying.

In this mini-series, we shall see that Jesus is the Great Divider of Men.  He separates His sheep from the world’s goats.  His message has the uncanny ability to expose and remove the apostates and reprobates--even in our own days!  This is indeed a hard saying!

--Pastor Bob Spagnuolo

Code        Title & Text

THS01   Jesus Rejects an Earthly Kingdom--1 (John 6:60; II Peter 3:14-18)

THS02   Jesus Rejects an Earthly Kingdom--2 (John 6:1-14)

THS03   Labor For the True Meat (Rom. 14:17, John 6:14-27)

THS04   Jesus--The Bread of Life--1 (John 6:25-32)

THS05   Jesus--The Bread of Life--2 (John 6:32-51)

THS06   A People Given (John 10:14-16, 25-26)

THS07   Jesus--The Bread of Life--3 (John 6:49-52)

THS08   Jesus--The Bread of Life--4 (John 6:52-61)

THS09   Jesus Divides His Sheep from the Goats--1 (John 8:31-32, John 9:16)

THS10   Jesus Divides His Sheep from the Goats--2 (Luke 12:49-53)