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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018.04.24 Hopewell @Home ▫ John 6:35-51

Questions for Littles: What did Jesus call Himself in v35? What will those who come to Him never do? What will those who believe in Him never do? What does Jesus say the people who have seen Him still aren’t doing in v36? Who will come to Jesus (v37)? What will Jesus by no means do to the one who comes to Him? What had Jesus come down from heaven to do (v38)? What does the Father will Jesus should do with all whom He has given to Him (v39)? Whom does the Father will to have everlasting life and be raised up at the last day (v40)? Why did the Jews complain about Him (v41)? What did the people call Jesus and note about His parents (v42)? What did Jesus tell them not to do in v43? What has to happen for someone to come to Jesus (v44)? What will Jesus do with them on the last day? What does v45 say is written? From whom have those who come to Jesus heard and learned? Who has seen the Father (v46)? Who has everlasting life (v47)? What does Jesus say about Himself again in v48? What does Jesus say will not happen to those who eat this bread (v49-50)? What does Jesus call Himself in v51? Who will live forever? What is the bread that He will give? For what will Jesus give His flesh? 
This week’s Call to Worship, Prayer for Help, Prayer of Confession, and Assurance of the Gospel all come from John 6:35-51. This passage is one of the most important for understanding what Jesus means by eating His flesh and drinking His blood.

It is the one who comes to Him that will never hunger. It is the one who believes in Him that will never thirst. So, eating Jesus’s flesh and drinking Jesus’s blood is to come to Him and to believe in Him.

There’s just one difficulty: no one comes to Jesus unless the Father drags him to Jesus (v44). The Father is the One who makes us to hear about Jesus and learn about Jesus (v45).

But, as we consider the passage, this really isn’t a difficulty. If we were to come to Jesus on our own, our coming to Him would never be dependable. With even our coming to Jesus being God’s own work, His saving us is absolutely sure.

All that the Father gives to Jesus WILL come to Jesus. The one who comes to Jesus will NOT be cast out. Jesus will lose not a single one of them.

Those who want to argue about Jesus’s ability to do what He says puts themselves in the place of the murmuring people in our passage. Rather than struggle against what the Scripture says about Jesus, let us heed what Jesus tells us. Let us come to Him! Let us believe in Him! And let us give Him all the glory for granting to us to be able to!
If only God can do something, what should we do, if we want Him to do it?
Suggested songs: ARP32A “What Blessedness” or HB402 “I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew”

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