Lesson 190-July 28, 2019
Lesson: “Anybody Hungry?”
Scripture: John 6:22-40, Key Passage: John 6:22-27
Lesson Goal: To better understand Jesus, the one, who is able to satisfy our greatest hunger.
Introduction: To help us with today’s Scripture we look back at Jesus’ feeding the hungry multitude. Please read John 6:1-14, Matthew 14:15-21.
It is important that we understand that the events of today’s Scripture passage happen within a time frame of twenty- four hours from the feeding of the thousands.
During a twenty-four time period, Jesus has miraculously fed thousands of people with two small fish and five barley loaves, walked on the stormy water, rescued Peter, calmed the raging sea, and healed many that were sick. No doubt it’s been a tiring and exhausting twenty-four hours.
(v23) “On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone.”
Many of those that were present and participated in the meal the previous afternoon were still lingering the fol- lowing morning near the place where the meal occurred. They had witnessed the disciples getting in the boat and leaving the evening before. They also noticed that Jesus did not depart with them but rather returned to the solitude of the hillside. When the disciples set sail there were no other boats docked or anchored nearby.
The question for the crowd left standing by the lake-Where is Jesus?
(v23) “however, other boats came from Tiberius, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given
During the night other boats had arrived from the nearby town of Tiberius. The writer (John) does not tell us why they were there or how many boats were there. He simply states that “other boats came from Tiberius.
Question: What are some possible explanations for the presence of the boats?
(v24) “when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.”
The crowd would not have been surprised that the disciples were gone but where was Jesus? They were ex- pecting to find Him somewhere in the close vicinity but He was nowhere to be found. The pursuing crowd determined that it was most likely that Jesus had somehow returned to Capernaum. The closest and quickest route to Capernaum is by water so the people get in the boats and set sail on the short journey.
Verse 24 ends with two very important and significant words that are critical to today’s lesson. Verse 24 ends with the words “seeking Jesus.”
Question: What are some reasons people seek Jesus?
(v25) And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”
Notice the question asked in verse 25, “when did you come here?”, “When” in this question relates to time but the real underlying question that plagued the minds of those that were looking for Jesus was not when but how? They were mystified by the how but they dared not ask. “Questions surface when the crowd discovers that although Jesus did not accompany the men on the boat, he nevertheless, arrived with them at their desti- nation.” Gary Burge
In the next verses, the writer (John), makes the spiritual transition and practical application from the fish and bread of the previous day to the truth of Jesus as the “Bread of Life.” We are offered some helpful insight by Matt Carter and Josh Wredberg concerning this transition from feeding the multitudes to Jesus as the “Bread of Life.” “We all know what it’s like to be hungry. From the moment we emerged from our mother’s wombs, we’ve wanted to eat.”
There’s not a day that goes by in our house when someone doesn’t say “I’m so hungry!” God created our bod- ies to run on food, and hunger is the warning system telling us we’re getting low. We feel the hunger. We hear the growling, and it causes us to think, I need to eat. That’s what keeps us alive. We’re also spiritually hungry. There’s a growling of the soul that indicates emptiness inside. We were made to live on some sort of fuel, but we’re not sure where to find it. We feel hungry, so we look for something to fill the emptiness inside us-to quiet the hunger pangs in our hearts.
In John 6 Jesus tells us about the Bread of Life, the only thing satisfying enough to quiet our cravings and fill our souls. He stands in front of a crowd and says in essence “The only way to live is to eat the bread of life.”
(v26) “Jesus answered them and said, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs but because you ate of the loaves and were filled!”
In response to the question of verse twenty-five, Jesus confronts them by responding to the question on a much deeper level. It is as though Jesus looks straight into their hearts and ask the deep probing question, why are you seeking me, why are you following me?
The people were following (pursuing, seeking, chasing) Jesus because they liked the physical food that He had supplied not because they saw His signs (Greek “semeia”). They received and enjoyed the food but they failed to realize and recognize the great truth offered by Jesus. The truth of the feeding of the thousands provide in- sight and light into who Jesus is.
(v27) “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
Please explain in your own words the meaning of verse 27a-”Do not labor for the food which perishes but for the food which endures to everlasting life.”
Question: In a practical way, what efforts do we make to see our physical longings are met (physical hunger)?
Question: As parents what do we do to see the physical longings (hunger) of our children are met?
How does the time, energy, effort we put into the satisfying of our physical hunger compare to the time, ener- gy, efforts we put into making sure our spiritual hunger is met?
Question: What did Jesus say about our spiritual hunger and how it is truly met?