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Closed Captioned 8-23-2009 Message, Zion, Torrance, CA

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Text from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Let us rise for the reading of this morning's sermon text recorded for us in John's Gospel, where we read from Chapter 6, beginning with verse 41: At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I AM THE BREAD THAT CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN." They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN'?" "STOP GRUMBLING AMONG YOURSELVES," Jesus answered. "NO ONE CAN COME TO ME UNLESS THE FATHER WHO SENT ME DRAWS HIM, AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP AT THE LAST DAY. IT IS WRITTEN IN THE PROPHETS: 'THEY WILL BE TAUGHT BY GOD.' EVERYONE WHO LISTENS TO THE FATHER AND LEARNS FROM HIM COMES TO ME. NO ONE HAS SEEN THE FATHER EXCEPT THE ONE WHO IS FROM GOD; ONLY HE HAS SEEN THE FATHER. I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, HE WHO BELIEVES HAS EVERLASTING LIFE. I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE. YOUR FOREFATHERS ATE THE MANNA IN THE DESERT, YET THEY DIED. BUT HERE IS THE BREAD THAT COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN, WHICH A MAN MAY EAT AND NOT DIE. 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." This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray: Glorious and Gracious God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of each of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, our only source of hope and comfort. Amen. The congregation is seated before Pastor Dave begins the sermon. Dear Followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. How weak our human nature is. How truly weak we are, because even when we look at the great heroes of faith in Scripture, take for example the prophet Elijah. I don't think we're going to argue that he is one of those saints of the Old Testament who stands out as someone who is powerful and strong in the Word and in the presence of the Lord. I mean we have that picture of him standing before those hundreds of prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, taunting them, mocking them, laughing in their face that all of their whining, yelling and hollering and cutting themselves can't bring down the fire from their gods to consume their offering. Yet after Elijah poured water upon water on his altar and prays to God, God ignites that and consumes his offering. And in the strength and the power of God, Elijah and his men go out and slay those prophets of Baal. We see the mighty Elijah. And yet immediately following that, we hear what happened in our Old Testament text. He went out under a broom tree and cried to God that he was the only one left. All of Your other people ... they've all fallen away. They're all worshiping Baal. I'm the only one left. God, I want to die. How quickly the human spirit can go from trust ... to despair. The same thing is true of those thousands of people that Jesus fed in that simple miracle with the loaves and the fish. They followed after Him. They wanted to spend time with Him. They sought Him out for the miracles that they saw Him doing. They came to Him and Jesus proclaimed that He was the One who had come down from heaven. And what does John record for us? They began to grumble among themselves. Who does HE think HE is anyway? Isn't this Joseph's son? How can HE be the one who's gonna stand up in front of us and claim that HE came down from heaven? How quickly and easily, we as human beings, even after seeing the WONDERFUL POWER and STRENGTH of GOD displayed, can turn around and focus only on us. And only on our own simple human reason and only on our own selfish needs. And get so turned around that we can't listen to what our Father has to say. We cannot listen to what God the Father has in store for us and has planned for us and all of the blessings that He has given to us because we just don't wanna hear it! And Jesus is the One who stood in front of those people and in history He stands before us and points us to the Father, directs us back to His Father. Yes, He IS the Son of God who left behind the glories of heaven who was with God from the very beginning, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit came together and said: Let us create this world. Let us do this in a miraculous and special way, it was the Word that God the Father used to create the world. He said: Let there be light and there was light! That filled this planet with all sorts of wonderful and marvelous animals and insects and birds and fish. To show His creative power is the One who took special care in creating man and creating woman. And bringing them together to support each other, to love each other, to BE together in God's love. Jesus came from His Father and He showed what His Father was to the world. There was no one else who had ever seen God except the One who came from God. Jesus told that to the group of Jews that were there. Understand if you want to see God and know what God is, then you look at Me. Look at Me and see 'cuz I was WITH God; I AM God and I am here among you. IMMANUEL. GOD WITH US. And Jesus wanted those people to STOP grumbling amongst themselves, to STOP and put aside what they thought they knew to truly HEAR what God had to say. That they wouldn't get past the fact that they saw Jesus as the son of Joseph. But He was the son of man. Yes, born of Mary, but also the Son of God. He had to be both true God and true man to come into this world and accomplish the plan of salvation that the Lord had put in place because human beings had brought sin into the world. Adam and Eve in the perfection of the garden, STILL looked on the fruit that God had told them NOT to eat of and thought it was better for them to eat it. They thought that they knew better. They thought that they wanted something more. They took that fruit and ate it and brought sin into the world. They conceived children that were born in sin, with original sin. And they passed that down from generation to generation, to us which we will pass on to the next generation. The corruption of sin ... it's punishment by death ... that there is no escape for humanity other than the salvation that Jesus brought to this world. Other than His own flesh ... the very flesh that He would sacrifice for the forgiveness of all sins. The very flesh that would be ripped apart with the tortuous whipping that He endured. The burden and the punishment that should have been placed on you and on me and on every person He carried in His body. The pains that He suffered was your pain and my pain. His flesh was torn apart by those nails that placed Him on the cross. His side was split open by that spear. That came to show that He was truly dead. He offered Himself and His body as the sacrifice for sin. And the Father has brought that information to us. What a glorious and wonderful news has come to us by the power of God. We weren't looking for it. We didn't want it. We were those enemies of God born in that original sin running away from God and trying to do everything that opposed Him. But God in His love sent us His Holy Spirit, gave us His Word. Maybe it was through loving parents who brought us to the fount ... font to have ourselves baptized using that sacrament of God, having the Word applied with water. Maybe it was a friend who shared with us the truth of God's Word. But it was God using those people to give us His gift of faith by the power and the strength of His Holy Spirit. And without that, we would be lost eternally. Forever. We would be condemned to hell and all of its torments eternally. But yet we have heard what the Father has done. We have listened to His Word. We have looked to His Son. We have been encouraged by the Holy Spirit to BE one of His children. And as the Apostle Paul reminds us: It's time for us to be an imitator of God. To put into practice the things that we know. To stop being so consumed on ourselves and to look outward to others. To be kind and compassionate. To get rid of all of the malice, the anger, the bitterness, the rage and the brawling. To love each other and be compassionate so that others will see Christ in us. So that we, too, will point others to God, with that one key thought ... forgiving .... the sins of each other as Christ has forgiven us. And we do need to remind ourselves of that fact daily. How often we take pleasure in the fact that daily that old Adam within us is drowning our baptismal waters. To rise with Christ in His resurrection and strength and power and commitment. To go out and live the life of faith. Daily we need that reminder. To listen to our heavenly Father. To hear what He has to say and to put that into practice in our lives. Otherwise we're gonna be like Elijah who sat under the tree and wanted to die. But yet God came to him with these words. In that gentle whisper He said: Elijah, get up. Go back and do the work that I have for you to do. Jesus came to those people who were gathered together in front of Him and said stop grumbling, look to God, see in Me the Bread of Life that will give you eternal life. Live in that joy. Live in that presence. God comes to us in His Word with the encouragement that we need to sustain us to lead this life into our life eternal. Therefore I encourage each of us to listen to the Father. Amen. Let us rise. Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding keep your hearts and your minds and especially your lives in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

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Duration: 15 minutes and 7 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
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Posted by: hischild on Aug 28, 2009

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