For the next 4 Sundays we will look toward Christ as we prepare to celebrate His resurrection on April 20. Granted, we do celebrate the resurrection every Lord’s day, but we set aside a special Sunday each year, known to all as Easter, as a day to focus all attention directly on this spectacularly miraculous work. As we move toward that day, we will examine the words of Christ in John.
This Sunday we look at Christ as the bread of life. The imagery of bread paints a picture of the Spiritual reality to which the fall blinded mankind. We consume bread. We are filled by bread. We enjoy bread. We find joy in passing by a bakery with freshly baked bread. We are satisfied when our bellies are full especially when the meal contained bread. Personally, I find any diet that removes bread or even restricts the intake of bread loathsome.
Christ, of course, speaks Spiritually when He identifies Himself as the bread of life. We were created to enjoy Him forever, and I am fully convinced that we can have more joy in Him than we ever have in bread during life on this fallen earth. The Spiritual reality of what Christ has in store for us is always eternally better. It is always more than we would ask for or even imagine possible. And it is ours in Christ.
Come worship the sovereign Creator with us this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.
The Call to Worship: Psalm 66:5
The Prayer of Confession: Mark 1:15; Matthew 4:4; John 6:35
Leader: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.
People: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
All: Jesus, You are the bread of life. We come to you that we might not hunger. We believe in you that we might not thirst. We feed on You that we might receive eternal life. Hear and forgive us, we pray, as we confess our sin now.
(A time of silent confession before God)
The Promise of Forgiveness: Galatians 4:4-7
The Affirmation of Faith The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 53
Leader: What do you believe concerning the Holy Ghost?
People: First, that he is true and coeternal God with the Father and the Son; secondly, that he is also given me, to make me by a true faith, partaker of Christ and all his benefits, that he may comfort me and abide with me for ever.
The Scripture Reading: John 6:1-71
The Response of Praise
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.