Don't Grumble About the Bread (John 6:35-51)

Speaker: Rev. Jon Herr
Date: 8/12/2018
Type: Sunday Sermon
Topic: Bread of Life
Price: FREE

If, as seems likely, you are what you eat, we ought to pay special attention to what we eat! Eating, in the “Bread of Life Discourse”, is placed in parallel with two other things: “coming to Christ” and “believing”.

Whoever “comes to me” will not hunger. Whoever “believes” has eternal life. If anyone “eats” of this bread, he will live forever.

Eating is believing. Eating is an act of faith. Faith in what exactly? Faith that the security of the entirety of your salvation is in the hands of a God who has planned it and preserves it from the beginning to the end. From before your cradle, and until after your grave.

Calvin says, “He means that he is not the guardian of our salvation for a single day, or for a few days, but that he will take care of it to the end, so that he . will . conduct us, as it were, from the commencement to the termination of our course; and therefore he mentions the last resurrection.”

Feeding on the Bread of Life means you will be raised up on the last day. It means eternal life. In our passage, Christ calls Himself the “Bread of Life” two times. He mentions “the last day” no less than three times. He promises “eternal life” twice, “life forever” once, and says also that eating this Bread means we “will not die.”

Clearly, this is a life and death issue! Dead bread will only sustain us for a limited time, but Living Bread will sustain us for a lifetime, and indeed for eternity.

Children, you will learn more about who Jesus is your whole life! But Jesus is yoursNOW. Children, Jesus calls you to believe in Him. To trust Him. And to know that you are His child. When you eat this bread and drink this wine, know that Jesus loves you, and He has called you to follow Him.

Brothers and sisters, all of us are children. We all receive the kingdom of heaven like a little child. And so us approach this sacrament full of childlike wonder, at the mystery of God made flesh. At the mystery of His sovereign working of salvation, and our human response. At the mystery of His spiritual presence with us in this meal, and through one another.

Give thanks. Believe and eat and live. The flesh and blood of Christ are eternal life.


Jon Herr Jon Herr (MATS, Reformed Theological Seminary; BS Bible, Philadelphia Biblical University) is Pastor of Christ Covenant Church of Chicago (CREC). Previously he served as a deacon and ministerial student at All Saints Church (CREC, Lancaster PA). He and his wife Jackie live in East Dundee, Illinois with their two daughters and two sons.