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Who Will I Turn To?

Wednesday Night 12/07/22 – Brother James Williams

Then say they unto him lord, evermore giveth this bread. And Jesus said unto them I am the bread of life. He that cometh to me shall never hunger. And he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you that the ye also have seen me. And believe not all that the Father hath given me shall come to me. And him that cometh to me I will. Noise cast out for I came down from heaven not to do my known will but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me that everyone which seeeth the Son and believeth on him may have everlasting life. And I will raise him up at the last day. Then the Jews murmured at him because he said I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said is not this Jesus the son of Joseph whose father and mother we know? How is it then, that he saith, I come down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and sent and murmured among yourselves no man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me. Draw him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets that they shall be taught of God. Every man, therefore, that hath heard and hath learned of the Father cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save the he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. Verily. Verily, I say unto you. He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your Father’s did eat manna in the wilderness and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven that a man may eat thereof and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever. And the bread that I will give is my flesh which I will give for the life of the world. Then the Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying how can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them said unto them verily, verily, I say unto you except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh and drinkth my blood hath eternal life. And I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is the meat is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood dwelleth in me and I in him, as the living Father has sent me. And I live and live by the Father, so he that Edith me, even he shall live by me. This is the bread which came down from heaven not as your father’s did eat manna and were dead and are dead. He the Edith of this bread shall live forever. These things said he in the synagogue as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples when they heard this said this is a hard saying who can hear it? When himself that his disciples murmured it he said unto them doth this offend you? What? And if you shall see the Son of man ascend up when he was before where he was before. It is the spirit that quickeneth and the flesh propheteth nothing. The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and their life. There are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning that who they were that believed not and who should betray him. And he said therefore said I unto you that no man can come unto me except that were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him. And then said Jesus unto the twelve will ye also go away? And Simon Peter answered him lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life and we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ the Son of the living God. We’ll stop there for right now. But if you think about this this is leading up to what happened right before this whole conversation took place was the feeding of the 5000 with the five loaves and the two fishes. This was something that the people saw and this is a miracle that they saw. Maybe they didn’t understand. But we know those close to him realized well there’s not much here. But those that knew what was there and saw how went down they got a blessing from it, was able to understand he’s done blessed because it did say that he blessed food. He asked thanks, gave thanks for the food and he passed it out and then they collected the fragments of it. Twelve baskets full of fragments. And he started with five loaves and two fishes. But as we look at what happened there but they were thinking well he’s feeding us, he’s taking care of us. So he perceived that what they were thinking about doing was coming, making him king. We know that he is in the line of David, the King of Israel. That was truly his placement. But it was not time for him to sit upon a throne. And he knew the things that had to take place first. So as they were talking about the bread they talked about the mana from heaven they tried to extract from him what do you mean we got to eat your flesh? He wasn’t literally speaking that they had to eat his flesh. He was talking about the bread. Because that’s why when they were referencing the man of the bread from heaven. He said, I am the bread from heaven. This is a spiritual truth he was trying to give them. But they were again thinking in the literal sense. But when we look at also and he was telling him this bread, your father’s ate that mana in the desert and the wine that I’ve got, you’ll live forever, you’ll have eternal life. Because back in Matthew chapter four, in verse four when Jesus had went up and he passed it 40 days and he was tempted of the devil and said he was hungered. But in verse, verse four here well, let me see in verses one through four then Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, he was after, he was afterward and hungered. And when the temper came to him and said, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command these stones to be made bread. But when he answered he said it is written man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God and who’s the word of God? Jesus is the word of God. He’s the bread of life. He’s the bread from heaven. He’s also saying that those things of the fleshly bread or the earthly bread, you’re going to eventually die. This is not just what you got to live on, you’ve got to live on that bread from heaven that came down. I need to get a drink. He said, you need to live on this bread that came down from heaven. Now, they had talked about there through from verses 26 to 66. You know, he’s given them this the illustration telling them that this is a spiritual truth. You have to live, you have to partake of this bread which is myself. And we know that when we do communion, when we partake of communion, we know that the bread and the juice are symbolic of his broken body and his blood that was shed for us. And he was trying to explain to them I am the bread of heaven, you need to eat of me. You need to partake of that. And that’s what he’s saying. He was going to raise those ones that up that believed that he was the bread of life and we had to partake of his blood, which meant we had to accept his blood sacrifice on the cross for our sins. So he was explaining that to him. It was one of these heavenly and spiritual things he was given on but they didn’t take the time to ask the meaning behind it. And that’s how sometimes people get they’ll jump right into things and especially when you get a chance to talk to people when you’re talking with them, they’ll just say, well, that doesn’t make sense. Well, let me explain it to you. This is how this works. He was the bread of life and he said they had to eat his flesh. But he didn’t actually literally mean it. This is all figuratively because of what he was going to do on the cross, what he would do for salvation’s, reason why he came to this earth. So they said there in verse 60 it said many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said this is a hard saying, who can hear it? And again they’ve gotten to a point where they have heard what he had to say. They didn’t understand it. And instead of asking for explanation and we know there was other parables that he used that his disciples asking, what does this mean? What does this mean? He would explain it to him like the seed, the sowing of the seed and everything like that when he would use these parables to speak to the people. But instead of taking that time to find out what it meant, they walked away. And one thing it did say there, it said that many left and walked away, but it didn’t say all of them, not all of them walked away. And that’s what happens a lot of times when things get hard. Again, this was just a spiritual truth he was trying to expound to him and tell him about. But yet it was just so hard for him to understand and take it. They decided, well, I can’t handle this, I’m out of here. But you think about those that stayed. You wonder who in that crowd, what things happened them down the road when they stayed and they continued to follow Jesus. What happened with them as the time progressed. We know the things after Jesus had left the scene when he returned to heaven and the apostles were going around teaching and all the things that were going on with the church. We think about Saul, who was the one who was there when they stoned Steven and what his persecution of the church was. You have to wonder how many of those people that may have been there were some of those people that ended up being persecuted for being a part of the church. They stood strong. We’ve got a young temp that’s working in the shop and him and I have some good discussions. I believe he’s saved and we have some really good discussions. He’ll talk about some messages and stuff that he’s heard and we get a chance to sit and talk and talk and talk and we have a good time. And other people here is talking. I’m not trying to be Bose for anything. I didn’t realize there for a while. I don’t know, one of the other fellows had said something to the foremans or what. But when we have our safety meetings, we always have something to eat and we as a group, or if we have like it’s a holiday, we may have asked me to ask the blessing. I’m thankful for that opportunity. That’s an opportunity for me to be able to share some of my faith with some other people there. There’s others there to go to church, but yet they always ask me, I feel honored to do that and an opportunity to be able to share with that. But these people here, again, just walking away because it was just something they just couldn’t understand and what he was saying to them. But like I said, when Brother Brian was preaching that message and this verse, it came right the Lord put it right in my head, in my heart about who shall we go to? Who else can we turn to? We think about when we get saved, that excited part. When we first get saved, we’re ready to talk to people, ready to go out and do things as believing what Jesus says to us. Are those the things that are going to feed us and take care of us through the rest of our life? Spiritually speaking, not literally speaking. Now, some people think, well, I’m going to get this job and make all this money, and yeah, that’s going to put food on your table, but is that where you truly need to be? Or is it going to drag you or is it going to push you further away from the Lord? That’s an important thing. But I was reading this and thinking about these verses. I know this was just a little simple. This was a truth he was given and they didn’t understand. Okay, as we grow as Christians, what are some of the things that come against us to look at is our peers. Our peers can take us away and lead us away from where we should be and that we would be with God and following Him, especially younger people. Unfortunately, we all feel peer pressure. But as a teenager, peer pressure is one of the hardest things to deal with because you’re out there and everybody else is like, oh, you’re just that, and yeah, you’re scared, you’re chicken. You don’t want to do that. You’re just so dull. We don’t want to hang around with you. But you want to be popular and you want to be with your friend, and you think they’re your friends, and they just turn you into something you’re not and away from God. I had a period in my life when my peers done that to myself. To me. I had allowed my peers to drag me off. And this was after a time when I had grown spiritually, had grown quite a bit right before I went to the Marine Corps. And it was interesting because in the Marine Corps boot camp, they would choose what’s called a lay leader. They had a Protestant lay leader and a Catholic lay leader. And every night, those two lay leaders would pray before we hit the rack. And then on Sundays, they would get everybody situated for make sure everybody’s ready to go to chapel or whatever and do different things. Well, when we went out to our week in the field, when I first got there, I asked about having my Bible sent and to me, and they said it was okay, you can have that sent to you. And I read my Bible. I kept reading my Bible through boot camp. We went out in the field that week, and instead of the lay leader came to me, our Protestant lay leader. He said, we’re not going to be able to go to chapel because where we’re out in the field, but they want us to do something. Can you do something? I did a little lesson, but after that, after I got away, got back out and had some peers that just pushed me and pushed me, and that drove me away. But you think about too, when you get into a situation. How do your peers react when you’re in a situation? Think about Job, what happened with Job’s friends? They come in there and really lift him up and hold him up. No, they came in there and tore him down. That was a real sticky situation for Joe. And even his wife tore him down. His wife wasn’t even lifting him up and encouraged me, but he’s still stuck with God. He realized that, hey, where else am I going to go? Like he said, naked. I came to this world naked. I’m going out, and I know that when I leave this, I’m going to see my redeemer. And then we have our friends that we can talk to. Job’s friends came to him after so long, and they sat down with him. They stayed there with him. They were there. He never spoke. Thinking about our friends and our family. We are going through something and we need somebody to talk to. And we think, well, my friends, you call them up, I’m busy. Or you can’t get a hold of them. Now. It’s a lot easier to get a hold of people because of cell phones. Everybody’s got a phone with them. You call your friend and they say, I don’t want to talk to him right now. And they put it on, switch it over to voicemail. You get voicemail, you text them, they can’t answer you. Something’s going on, even with your family. Now, there’s times that I need to get a hold of Tina at work for something, or she needs to get a hold of me, and I’m in the middle of something she’s in the middle of. And you can’t go to the phone and take that phone call, but who’s always there, no matter what, and they’re not going to put you on hold. He’s not going to put you on hold. He’s not going to say, well, I’ll call you back when I get time, or anything like that. Jesus is always there for us, no matter what’s going on. We’ve got a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. We got a friend that we can turn to at any time and say, this is what’s going on, I need help. Where else can we turn to that? We have an opportunity like that. But we think about those problems that come. Pretty knows what’s happening in our lives. He’s the one that’s allowing these things to come into our lives for whatever reason, we just don’t understand usually. But he’s there for us no matter what those problems are. He’s always there. He’s not distracted with something else. We know that God is omniscient. He’s omnipotent. He’s always present, he’s all knowing and he’s there for us no matter what. No matter who you talk to, whether it’s a stranger on the street, they can’t give you that advice or that help that God can give you. So why would we turn to them? Why would we turn to our friends? Those are those two are our friends and family are good support, are good help. But there’s that one again that sticks closer than a brother. But we need to have perseverance also. We have peers that judge us and may not help us out. We have the problems that come against us day after day. But we need to persevere, letting God work and in his time over in first Timothy I’m sorry, second Timothy, two Timothy, chapter four, so I can get there myself. Second Timothy, chapter four, verses seven and eight. It says, I have fought a good fight and have finished my course. I’ve kept the faith. Henceforth there has laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day. And not to me only, but unto all them also. Love appearing. I love his appearing here. Paul was telling Timothy about his perseverance. Persevere. He said, I persevered through this. He said, I fought a good fight, I finished my course. He persevered through everything that came against me. Think about Paul, you know, the things that he went through, where he came from. He admitted that. He admitted to himself saying that, I am the chief of sinners. And you have to wonder how he felt when the people wouldn’t say, hey, Paul’s coming in here, or Saul is coming in here, and I don’t bring Saul around here. But yet when he got an opportunity to speak and the people saw him, he’s able to continue on. We think about all the things, all the problems that Paul faced, the stoning, the beatings, the jails, the shipwreck, all kinds of things that happened to him. But he persevered. He persevered through that and then they were and he was standing up. You think about one thing that happened to him before he had his conversion. Think about Stephen over in Acts chapter seven. He had an opportunity to witness perseverance in the firsthand in Acts chapter seven, talking about Stephen starting at verse 54 and says, and when they had heard these things, stephen was was preaching to the people there and, and the those in the synagogue and around the area there. He was the first martyr. When they had heard these things, verse 54, these things, they were cut to the heart and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stad fastly into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus stand on the right hand of God and said, behold, I see the heavens open and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and ran upon him with one accord and cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witness laid witnesses laid down their coat clothes at a young man’s feet whose name was Saul. And they stoned, stoned Stephen calling upon God and saying, lord Jesus received my spirit. And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, lay not this sin to their charge? And when he had said this, he fell asleep. But you think about Paul thinking back to look at the perseverance of Steven at a time when they were stoning him, he was becoming the first martyr. He looked at what Stephen went through, he was able to and I’m sure that was how he had talked about that later, being there, but here with him, just having an opportunity to see that. But we need to persevere. We have our peers, we have our problems, we need to persevere and we’re going to go through persecutions. Timothy again, or Steven, I mean, think about that persecution, the persecutions of Paul over in Second Timothy. Still back in Second Timothy, I should say I was thinking I was still there. But back in Second Timothy, chapter three, verses eleven through 17, persecutions afflictions which came unto me at Antioch. This is a here’s Paul talking about these his persecution. Persecutions afflictions which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at leisure. What persecutions I endured, but out of them all the Lord delivered me. He didn’t say, I got out of myself. Lord delivered me in verse twelve, yea and yea, and all that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution, but evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But continue thou and the things which thou hast learned, and thou hast been assured of knowing of whom thou hast learned them, and that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures which were able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus. All Scriptures given by inspiration of God is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction and righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. He’s telling him there’s going to be persecutions, there’s going to be persecutions. But he also told him where to put his faith in. He told him there and from a child in verse 15 and from a child, thou hast known the holy Scriptures which were able to make thee wise into salvation. That’s what Jesus was telling his people. He said, I’m the bread of life. You’ve got to eat of that bread and drink of that blood to have that eternal life. Then we see, we not only see the persecutions, the perseverance of problems and appears, but then we see the preservation. Preservation verse back in John, back in our text, john, chapter six. I’m going to leave you with this last verse. But we all know what this means for each and every one of us and what Jesus was trying to tell them to the preservation that we get through God. Now we know that, you know, if we don’t if we don’t if we’re born once, we die twice. If we’re born twice, we die once. But there’s preservation in in Jesus and that bread of life that we accept, that we get from Him. And in verse 69, verse 69 I’m sorry, that’s the wrong verse. I’m going to go ahead and start in 67. Then Jesus saith unto him the Twelve, will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter, answer him lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. Jesus had the words of eternal life. He’s the one that we need to turn to and accept. We need to take part or take part of that flesh and that blood. We have to listen to the word of God, which is the bread of life. Who’s the bread of life? Jesus is the bread of life. Jesus is the word of God. Over in John it tells us earlier in John it tells us that the Word was made flesh and weld among us and we beheld his glory as the only begotten of the Father in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And he explains that that bread that they partook of in the manna out in the desert was only temporal. It wasn’t spiritual, it wasn’t eternal. But Peter, Peter, Peter of all people too, you think about that. Peter is the one that said this. He said to him, shall we go? But what happened on the night of the trial of Jesus? What did Peter do? Denied him three times. But he got himself right. He got things right. He turned around and when he did, he moved on for God. But that’s the thing, sometimes things happen. We face persecutions and problems, our peers, the things that they can put us through. But just remember, where else can we turn to with the things that are going on in our lives? And like I said, there’s so much here in our church. Several have talked about it. We have never seen it like this in our church with the sickness and the things going on in our church. It’s a hard thing to deal with, but we don’t have to say, well, this is too hard for me, and turn away and walk away. And unfortunately, a lot of people do and that’s the thing. But we have to remain strong. We have to remain true to God’s word. We have to realize that, hey, where else are we going to turn to? There’s nobody, no one, no thing in this world that will get us through these things like Jesus. That’s all I’ve got for that. I hope it was a blessing to you. I hope it helped you. I know, just like I said since camp meeting, that verse, those few verses have just stuck in my head and just I love it. I love thinking about them each day or they just pop in my head and I’m like, yeah, who am I going to turn to? I can’t turn to the government. We can’t expect them to take care of our problems. We can’t turn to our neighbor. They can help us, we can help them. But all said and done, it’s God who’s there for us to help us, and we need to let him help us. And unfortunately, a lot of times things happen and we can kind of block Him out. We’ve seen that in other examples in scripture where people tried to get ahead of God or tried to block Him out. But each day I’m thankful that I have that friend that I can turn to no matter what time of day what the problem is. He knows, he understands. He’s there for me. He’s there for each and every one of us. In the same way. We’ll go ahead and close the word pair. I ask you to stand. I’ll pray if anybody needs to come and to alter with anything, you’re welcome to. While I’m praying, we’ll stay here and let you pray to. Heavenly Father, we thank you. Lord, we thank you for your son who is that bread of life that gives us eternal life. Father, through his sacrifice on the cross, through his broken body as they beat him and scourge demon and as they nailed him to the cross and stuck him up there on that cross and he hung between the earth and heaven. Father, we thank you for all he’s done for us. Father, we thank you for that blood that was shed to wash away our sins. Father, we just pray that you’d help us always be mindful of the sacrifice that was made for our salvation, that paid our sin debt that day on Calvary. Father, we pray that as we face the things of this world that we would always turn to you and stay with you, let you help us and strengthen us through those times. All those are many times that we just don’t understand, but we just. Have to have that faith and let you work through it and guide us. Father, we just pray that you be the each one here tonight. We pray for safety going home tonight. Bring us back the next point at time to be here to worship you in your house for it’s on the Lord Jesus Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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