Why Does God Love Us?
Pastor Jordan Preaching, Sunday January 16th.
Read John 6:41-58
In our last sermon we started the portion where Jesus describes being the “Bread of Life”.
“I am the bread of life, he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35
We described the history of Humanity’s sinful nature and how we do not deserve God’s love, God’s gift of salvation, and God’s grace. We looked back at all of the times there was rebellion towards God—this is why Jesus is starting that we must make Him our daily bread. Jesus knows that are natural instinct is to abandon His covenant, to abandon our relationship with Him—so He is paving the way into how we can interact with Him ( how often, how, and that we need our relationship with Him in order to be saved and become like Him)
But Why Does God Love Us? Why Does God want to Save Us?
Well God has made certain promises to Humanity. These promises are called “Covenants” These are legally binding promises that God has made, transactional commitments in which God has made with humanity throughout HIs history of interaction with us.
Deuteronomy 7:9 “God’s Mosaic Covenant is found in Deut. 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”
The New Covenant fulfilled by Jesus — Jeremiah 31:31-34, Matthew 26:28 “for this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” Some call this the covenant of grace.
Deuteronomy 7:9 is leading up to the ten commandments given to Moses and the people of Israel in Deut. 10-11. The people are given instructions in how to follow the law, how to live righteously. In Matthew 5 Jesus gives clear direction that He has not come to destroy the law but rather to fulfill the law. This New Covenant of Grace is not meant to replace the Mosaic Covenant but rather to be built upon it.
God is faithful. God stands by His promises. God does not waiver. He is sinless, perfect, blameless, God fulfills his Covenantal Promises to Us. The bible clearly highlights that Jesus has loved us and continues to love us—this is a true promise.
Question 1: What do these promises mean for us today? How do you find peace, contentment in these Covenants that God has made with humanity?
“I am the bread of life. Your fathers at the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven: if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” John 6:48-51
It is clear that Jesus wants a daily relationship with us. Jesus wants us to make Him our daily portion.
Question 2: Why do you think Jesus compares Himself to Bread? What is the meaning of being the daily bread for Jesus?
We are in a loving relationship with Jesus—we must be in continual repentance towards Him in our daily lives. This is why we must make Him our daily portion. How can we become more like Him when we don’t know Him? Did you know that Jesus calls us to come back to Him? He wants us to turn from our sinful temptations towards Him. He is God therefore He is our Lord fulfilling this New Covenantal promise—He loves us because He created us, He loves us because the scriptures tell us so. He is ever faithful to HIs promises. This should give us eternal Joy, eternal Hope and should create joy filled lives while living in this broken world.
Question 3: What do we need to change in our daily routines to bring more of Jesus into them? Are we filled with Joy everyday? Why or Why not? What can we do to remedy this problem?
This is for our Sunday Gathering on January 16th, 6:30pm @ 70 Froom Crescent. If you cannot make it you can find this teaching on our podcast on Tuesday January 18th or on our website on January 18th.