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Aug 07, 2016

Jesus Is The Manna From Heaven

Jesus Is The Manna From Heaven

Speaker: Dennis Gallaher

Series: Sabbath

Category: Sunday Morning

Jesus is our manna from heaven. We commune with Him through communion and He is our daily provision.

The sacrament of communion:
- It is a sacrament, meaning “sacred” in Latin and “mystery” in Greek; “a sacred mystery”
- Something that cannot be explained in the doing of the ceremony, but must also be experienced in faith.
- It is communion; the bread and the wine are both symbols and reminders of Jesus’ instructions of our unity that is the result of our taking part of the life of Jesus.

Communion is also part of Sabbath.

In the first days of the Exodus, just 2 1/2 months after leaving Egypt behind, Israel began to complain about food.

Exodus 16:3  The sons of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

How quickly they forgot the sting of slavery; none of this was true, yet God answered them.

God’s answer was bread; not wheat harvested but bread from heaven, and it was given in the form of a test. They were to gather enough for one day, on the 6th day they prepared what they brought in and it would be twice as much as they gather daily for the sabbath.

This manna is a picture of Jesus.
- He came down to us.
- He is more than enough.
- You must engage Him daily.
- He is the one that promises rest and provides our provision.

Jesus is all about bread. He fed the five thousand with bread.
Now he tells them about real Bread - The Bread of Life.

The people were focused on the blessing of the day, the free food, the good sermons, the miracles of healing that made life on earth better.
Going Deeper:

Why is it so easy for us to get distracted by the theatrics of religion and take our focus off of Jesus?

Read John 6:24-58

They were all about Jesus at the time. They knew what He needed for real success.

But listen to His response to them:
John 6:26  Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.”

John 6:27   “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”

The crowds, having gotten a taste for the miracles, we sticking around for the entertainment, but what Jesus was giving them was an opportunity for eternal life only found in Him. Sadly what the people wanted was not eternity, but heaven here on earth.

Their response was one that you would expect from a group of people not hearing what they wanted to hear:
John 16:41  Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.”

Just like the manna:
- Jesus is sufficient for the day.
- You have to engage Him daily.
- You must trust His provision; miracles will come.
Going Deeper:
All the Israelites needed for sustenance was the manna. Likewise, Jesus is sufficient for whatever is in front of us. In what areas of your life do you find it difficult to trust Jesus to provide for you?

John 16:53-56  So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”

Communion is the sacred mystery of identification with Jesus.
- We are reminding ourselves of who we serve.
- We are willfully submitting to Jesus’ will, His testimony, His ways.
- We are declaring that “this world is not my home. I am just passing through.”

John 6:60  Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?”

This was too much to submit to; they didn’t like it. So, they turned away.

John 6:66  As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.

The daily bread of life is God’s sufficient grace for the day.

2 Corinthians 12:9  And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

No matter where you are at, God’s grace is sufficient, just the right amount.