November 2, 2008 am  Have you Seen The Father?  John 6:45-58

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

Have you seen the Lord?  The ordinances of The Lord's Supper and Baptism are our visible monuments to our Lord and Savior.  The Lord has commanded that we make no images or statues to worship, but he has given us a visible reminder of who He is. 
Do you see Him?  This is what he looks like. 

Scripture Text:  John 6:45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’b Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”

 Have You Seen The Father?

 

1. His Body is the Bread of Life.  Let's ask God to reveal Himself to us todayNo one can begin to see who the Lord is unless the Lord shows us who he is.  No one can come unless the Lord draws him. 
“Lord we want to be a Christ centered Church with Christ centered people.  Enable us to focus on Christ more than anything else in this world.  Help us to see you today.” 

He is the Bread of Life:  The Lord is the bread that comes down from heaven to reveal to us the Father. Bread is available to everyone. Bread is  daily need to all
Bread is what the Lord chose for us to use to remember Him.

The Bread had to be broken before it could be consumed by the hungry.  The body of our Lord was given by him to us.  We took the body of the Lord and we broke it with a crown of thorns.  We drove spikes through it.  We nailed his body to a tree.  We whipped it with a scourge that tore his flesh from his bones.  Not a bone was broken but his flesh was torn.  We pierced his side with a spear so that the blood and water gushed forth.  His flesh was ripped from its bones. 
This loaf of Bread represents our Lord.  Lift up the Loaf to heaven.  We thank you O Lord who gives us this bread to sustain with life that never ends.  We now break the Bread as your body was broken for us.  Help us to see for reminder that you were broken for us.  Rip the Loaf in half and lay it on the tray on the table… 
I declare to you that this ripped loaf of Bread is the living bread that came down from heaven.  This is Jesus ripped for you.  Will you take him?  Will you eat him?  Not just to taste of him as Judas did.  But, will you consume him so that he lives through you. 
Distribute the element of the bread.  

 

I Cor. 11:23 That the Lord Jesus the [same] night in which he was betrayed took bread:  24  And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

When Jesus ate the last meal with his disciples he also took the cup in the same way that he had taken the bread and gave it to the disciples.  As the groom sealed his promise to his bride to come back for her they drank the cup to seal the covenant.  When he was in the garden praying before he was betrayed he asked the Father if it was his will to let this cup pass from him.  But he resolved himself to do the will of the Father.  He gave his blood as a sacrifice.  Since the first sin God has demanded a sacrifice of an innocent be made for the payment of sin.  Without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin.  Heb. 9:22.  Jesus became the Lamb who went before the slaughter without saying a word to his defense.  His blood was flowed through the gaping wounds that had been made in his flesh. 

The Fruit of the vine… Grapes represent his body that was beaten, crushed and bruised for you and me.  Lift up the Grapes that the Lord has given. 
Lord we thank you for the fruit of the vine.  You have given the increase so that we now have these grapes to take for drink.   We thank you for your blood that poured from your body for the forgiveness of our sins.   Now, Crush the grapes so that the juice pours from you hands into the bowl in full sight of the congregation.   Since these grapes have already been crushed into juice the preparation has been made for us to drink of the fruit of the vine that represents the forgiveness we receive from the Lord's shed blood. 
Only those who take their sin seriously, can remember Christ's cross gratefully…
The Cup.

 I Cor. 11:25  After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me.  26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

Finally:
Mark 14:25 (KJS) Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. 26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

Remember that He gave his life that we may live.  Remember that he is coming again to receive us to be with him.  Are you ready to meet him face to face? 

 

 

b Isaiah 54:13

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Jn 6:45-58.