"I am The Bread of Life" - Jesus - School Paper

The Gospel of John is quite possibly one of the most influential books in the Bible that has captivated many souls for Christ and explained to them that Jesus Christ is more than just a man or a prophet and much more than a teacher, this Gospel explains to us that Jesus is God.  The Gospel of John was written around A.D 85 and had a theme and purpose in the writing of this well-known and often quoted Gospel. “The author does not identify himself until the end of the book, where he states that he is “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, that is, John the Apostle, the most intimate earthly friend of Jesus.”[1] The Holy Spirit penned the Apostles mission in the words of scripture that state:  “but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”[2] “Probably while ministering at Ephesus, he wrote the forth Gospel.”[3] John also wrote in a different aspect of the other Gospels, his included something that Christians call the "I AM” discourses and miracles. It’s in these miracles that Jesus begins to explain His deity, purpose, reason for coming from Heaven to Earth and it catapults us into a greater realm of spiritual maturity.

 

“Particularly in the Gospel of John, Jesus reveals Himself as the “I AM” of the Old Testament.”[4] The “I AM” comes from the Book of Exodus while Moses was called of God to lead the Children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage and into the Promised Land where serving God was possible.  Moses asked God a question about His name “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”[5] Jesus said that He was the “bread of life”[6] The Children of Israel were speaking to Christ about how their fathers ate manna in the wilderness and as they began to try to teach God, God took the opportunity to teach them the true significance of the bread from Heaven. “Jesus pointed out two errors: it was not Moses that gave the bread from Heaven, but God, and further God not only gave but “gives” the true bread from Heaven.”[7]  “While Jesus as the Bread of Life is similar to the manna in the wilderness, He is also superior in many respects.”[8] The manna in the wilderness was momentary, but Christ was Eternal. The manna in the wilderness didn’t preserve or give life, but Christ promised that those who believe in Him would “have eternal life.”[9] Jesus Christ was the gift from God, one that was from Heaven to sustain the spiritual life of all who would believe, as the Word of God says “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.”[10]

 

Jesus went on to say that He was “the Light of the world”[11] Jesus Christ was telling us in this passage that He was more than just a great spiritual leader; He was the light of the world.  He held within all of His being the full manifestation of God.  The Word of God states that “God was manifest in the flesh.”[12] “Light is an image or metaphor for God’s activity in the act of creation, for God’s presence in the wilderness, for God’s wisdom and law, and for God’s Word. By declaring himself to be the light of the world, Jesus is claiming a very special relationship with God.”[13] Jesus went on further in great attempts to show and validate that He did come from God and was prepared to teach the Jewish leaders as well as those who were despised that coming back to God was possible.  Jesus said “I am the door.”[14] “When Jesus identified Himself as the Door, He was emphasizing the purpose or function of a door, the means whereby the sheep entered into the fold.”[15] Within this statement of Jesus Christ, He went on further to teach us what this really meant and how it impacts us.  Jesus went on to say that He was “the good shepherd.”[16] Many people know psalm twenty three by heart, and often quote “The Lord is my Shepherd”[17] and now we have the fuller understanding of this, because Jesus is the fulfillment of this.  The Lord Jesus Christ is the God identified as “The LORD” or “Jehovah” in the Old Testament.   Jesus Christ is the Door which He lets people in who believe and He is also the Good Shepherd which guides us into the truth of God, leads us into the plan of God and places within us the Holy Spirit of God. 

 

Jesus Christ was planning on going to resurrect his friend Lazarus who was “a personal friend of Jesus and the brother of Mary and Martha.”[18] Both sisters ran to Jesus in a form of discouragement and disheartenment, but both of them knew that Jesus could do something about their ordeal and issues.  Jesus Christ said that He was “the resurrection and the life”[19] as He spoke with Martha about the resurrection of Lazarus.  Jesus Christ’s deity is seen in the wonderful work of God as He calls Lazarus out of the tomb when He had been dead four days.  “Resurrection is prominent in John, who portrays resurrection as a present, spiritual reality and a future eschatological event.”[20] Jesus Christ was going far beyond Lazarus in this moment of teaching, He was explaining to us that He has the power over death and one day He would defeat this enemy called death that came in by Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden.  It is written that “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”[21] Lazarus was a foretaste to all Christians who are striving to understand the concept and value of Eternal life and adding to the fact that a resurrection of the body will take place in the future at the return of Jesus Christ from Heaven. 

 

Quite possibly one of the most quoted statements from Jesus is none other than His proclamation of “I am the way, the truth and the life”[22]  “Jesus had earlier identified Himself with both truth and life, which are divine attributes. Since Christ is the source of life and truth, He must also be the way to God Himself.  He is so closely identified with the Father that we need not look away from Jesus to see the Father.”[23] Jesus is the way to God, because He was “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”[24] Jesus Christ was an offering for our sins, our sin separated us from God and in the Old Testament the High Priest could only come to the Temple into the holy of holies once a year, within this time period he would offer petitions and intercession for the sins of the people.  However, after doing this, the veil was still over the place where Gods presence was, symbolizing the fact that sin was still separating us from God.  However, when Christ died on the Cross “the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”[25] When the eighteen inch thick veil was ripped, it was ripped from the top to the bottom, as if God Himself tore it in haste to quicken the ability for those who believed to come closer to Him.  Without Jesus’ sacrificial death, He may have obtained the title of truth and life, but He never could have kept “the way” in His character.  Since Jesus died for us, His truth and His life can be lived in and through us because He showed us the way to God, as the Father “made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”[26]

 

The Gospel of John records one last statement of Jesus Christ concerning His deity and His ability in the life of a Christian.  Jesus Christ said that He was “the vine.”[27]  Jesus Christ began to tell us how to abide in Him and bear fruit in our walk and life as a Christian.  Throughout this passage we can receive key Biblical doctrines and teachings.  One of these teachings is how to produce fruit in our lives. Jesus said that we should abide in Him and He would prune us, grow us, and make us to bear much fruit.  God has the capability to turn a dull religion into a living, active and thriving walk with God when we begin to abide in Him through His Word.  It is written that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”[28] This Word was Jesus Christ Himself. John later wrote in the Book of Revelation by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, expounding and explaining even further that “his name is called the Word of God.”[29] Jesus Christ proves Himself to be God all throughout the Book of John and even the Jews “sought to kill Jesus because He claimed to be equal with God.””[30] All throughout the Gospel of John we are taught valuable lessons concerning Christ, His Kingdom, His reason for coming to Earth and the sacrifice of His life on the Cross. His death was so imperative and important because it produced the ability to have an intimate and deeply passionate relationship with God the Father through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection with the help of the baptism and infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus Christ is God and God has proven Himself in Jesus, as Jesus Himself said “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.”[31]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Towns, Elmer. The Gospel of John: Believe and Live. Scofield Ministries, 2002. Print.

Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Nashville, TN. 2004. Print.

The Holy Bible. King James Version.

Halley, H. Henry. Halley's Bible Handbook: Deluxe Edition. Zondervan. Grand Rapids, MI. 2007. Print.

Towns, Elmer L. Theology for Today, Mason, OH. 2008. Print.

Morris, Leon. Jesus is the Christ: Studies in the Theology of John. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1989. Grand Rapids, Michigan. Print.

The Essential Bible Handbook. Nashville, TN. 2009. Print.

Towns, L Elmer. A Journey Through the New Testament: The Story of Christ and How He Developed the Church. Cengage Learning. Mason, Ohio. 2008. Print.

 

[1] Halley, H. Henry. Halley's Bible Handbook: Deluxe Edition. Zondervan. Grand Rapids, MI. 2007. Print. (p. 621)

[2] John 20:31. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[3] Towns, L Elmer. A Journey Through the New Testament: The Story of Christ and How He Developed the Church. Cengage Learning. Mason, Ohio. 2008.

[4] Towns, Elmer L. Theology for Today, Mason, OH. 2008. Print. (p. 160)

[5] Exodus 3:14. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[6] John 6:35. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[7] Morris, Leon. Jesus is the Christ: Studies in the Theology of John. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1989. Grand Rapids, Michigan. Print (p. 109-110)

[8] Towns, L Elmer. A Journey Through the New Testament: The Story of Christ and How He Developed the Church. Cengage Learning. Mason, Ohio. 2008. Print. (p. 113)

[9] John 3:15. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[10] Matthew 4:4. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[11] John 8:12. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[12] 1 Timothy 3:16. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[13] The Essential Bible Handbook. Nashville, TN. 2009. Print. (p. 496)

[14] John 10:9. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[15]  Towns, Elmer. The Gospel of John: Believe and Live. Scofield Ministries, 2002. Print. (p. 99)

[16] John 10:11. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[17] Psalm 23:1. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[18] Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Nashville, TN. 2004. Print. (p. 1021)

[19] John 11:25. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[20] Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Nashville, TN. 2004. Print. (p. 1380)

[21] 1 Corinthians 15:26. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[22] John 14:6. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[23] Towns, Elmer. The Gospel of John: Believe and Live. Scofield Ministries, 2002. Print. (p. 141)

[24] John 1:29. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[25] Mark 15:38. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[26] 2 Corinthians 5:21. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[27] John 15:5. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[28] John 1:1. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[29] Revelation 19:13. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[30] Towns, Elmer. The Gospel of John: Believe and Live. Scofield Ministries, 2002. Print. (p. 50)

[31] John 14:9. The Holy Bible. King James Version.