Bible Study for January 20th @ 7:00 p.m., CDT

"Jesus' Hard Saying" (John 6:53-54, 60-71)

   

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Below study notes are from the Sunday School study book by Union Gospel Press.)

 

TIME PERIOD:  A.D. 29

PLACE:   Capernaum

 

GOLDEN TEXT

"And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father" (John 6:65).

 

INTRODUCTION

Haldor Lillenas (1885-1959) was one of the most prolific gospel music publishers and Christ-centered hymn writers of the twentieth century.  He composed an estimated four thousand hymns.  A couple of stanzas of his invitational hymn "Come Just as You Are" read, "You who are troubled and burdened by sin . . . Come to the Savior a new life begin. . . . Come to Jesus as you are."

 

After proclaiming Himself the Bread of Life, Jesus explained to His disciples that "no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.'  In other words, man is incapable of coming to Jesus on his own initiative.  The Father draws men to His Son.  Without this, we are utterly unable to draw hear to Jesus Christ.

 

Because man is a slave to sin by nature, there is nothing in him that prompts him to turn from sin and seek after God (cf. Rom. 3:10-18).  He is spiritually dead.

 

A dead man cannot seek the living God, can he?  No, because he is devoid of life and separated from God.  It is God who seeks and saves spiritually dead men.  "Salvation belongeth unto the Lord" (Ps. 3:8).

 

Many people think they can go to Jesus on their own terms, when in reality they have to come to Him by faith on His terms.  God causes man to come to Jesus. He draws him by His grace.

—Kenneth E Ware

 

PRACTICAL POINTS

1.  Just as food is nourishing to our bodies, so faith in Jesus is nourishing to our souls (John 6:53).

 

2.  We know we have eternal life if we have truly put our faith in Jesus (vs. 54).

 

3.  Those who reject Jesus do not have faith that what the Bible teaches is true (vss. 60-61).

 

4.  The teachings of Jesus are life to our souls, but they must be accepted by faith (vss. 62-65).

 

5.  Every person must determine personally whether he or she will follow Jesus or reject Him (vss.66-67).

 

6.  Jesus alone has the words of eternal life and can offer salvation to sinners (vss. 68-71).

—Brandon Byler

 

RESEARCH AND DISCUSSION

1.  Why do you think Jesus used such a difficult analogy for the people to accept?  What did He want to teach them (John 6:53)?

 

2.  Jesus said of the believer, "I will raise him up at the last day" (vs. 54).  When is the "last day," and how does this resurrection differ from others?

          

3.  What are some reasons people will not follow Jesus or will stop following Him today (vs. 60)?

 

4.  What are the implications of Jesus' words, "the flesh profiteth nothing," for our lives and ministry (vs. 63)?

          

5.  If Jesus has the words of eternal life, how should this impact our witnessing (vss. 67-69)?

—Brandon Byler

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