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The True Bread that Comes Down from Heaven and Gives Life to the World (John 6)

January 3, 2016 Preacher: Adam Olean

Scripture: John 6

Adam Olean preaches from The Gospel According to John chapter 6.

Sermon Discussion Questions can be found under downloads.Please note there are no outline handouts for this week’s sermon.

Peter William’s lecture New Evidences the Gospels were Based on Eyewitness Accounts, which was briefly mentioned in the sermon, may be watched in video format here or listened to, being presented on a different occasion with perhaps some small differences, in audio format here.

Here's the direct link to the audio:
The audio is from the True or False? conference:

In The Gospel According to John, Jesus presents at least seven, distinct, theologically loaded, highly thematic “I am …” (“Ἐγώ εἰμι …”) statements in which he makes an explicitly stated self-identification, almost always drawing on Old Testament, salvation-historical themes (including events, Jewish feasts, promises, prophecies, and expectations for an ideal divine-human Judge, King, Priest, Prophet, Shepherd, and Savior of the nation Israel and the entire world) (although cf., for example, John 4:26 and 8:18 [listed below], which have similarities and differences to the seven statements that immediately follow).

“I am …” (“Ἐγώ εἰμι …”)

“the bread of life” (“ὁ ἄρτος τῆς ζωῆς”) (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51)
“the light of the world” (“τὸ φῶς τοῦ κόσμου”) (John 8:12)
“the door of the sheep” (“ἡ θύρα τῶν προβάτων”) (John 10:7, 9)
“the good shepherd” (“ὁ ποιμὴν ὁ καλός”) (John 10:11, 14)
“the resurrection and the life” (“ἡ ἀνάστασις καὶ ἡ ζωή”) (11:25)
“the way, the truth, and the life” (“ἡ ὁδὸς καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια καὶ ἡ ζωή”) (14:6)
“the true vine” (“ἡ ἄμπελος ἡ ἀληθινή”) (15:1, 5)

Jesus makes at least ten other “I am” statements throughout the Gospel (4:26; 6:20; 8:18, 24, 28, 58; 13:19; 18:5, 6, 8), each of which must be studied carefully in its own context for its particular meaning, character, significance, and force. The man born blind also testifies, “I am [the man]” (brackets placed around information supplied by the translators, John 9:9 ESV).

Sermon Discussion Questions

Please note there are no outline handouts for this week’s sermon.