Feeding 5000 and Walking on Water – Part 10: John 6:1–35

—What on earth does it mean to ‘feed on Jesus’? and why this is one of the most important things you can ever learn

  • Andrew Fountain – Nov 24, 2019

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John 6 – Feeding the 5000


  • To grasp what Jesus really means when he says “Feed on me!”
    and why this is one of the most important things you can ever learn


  1. Very brief recap of the story so far
  2. The story of Feeding 5000 and walking on Water
  3. What Jesus really means when he says “Feed on me!”
  4. A Challenge to Feed on Jesus

John 6

  • Jesus said that people had to eat his flesh and drink his blood!
  • What on earth is he talking about?
  • v.57: “Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes me will live because of me.”

Key: John 4:32–34

  1. But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
  2. So the disciples began to say to one another, “No one brought him anything to eat, did they?”
  3. Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to complete his work.”
  • How does this help us?

Jesus Depends on his Father for everything

  • Tempted to turn stones into bread
    • how did he reply?
    • “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Jesus’ Relationship with his Father

Jesus Relates to his Father

  • Summary:
  • Jesus lived every moment and breathed every breath to obey the will of the Father.
  • To do the Father’s will was his drink, his meat. It was everything to him.
  • He did not do anything in his own strength but did everything by the power that flowed from the Father.

He says “Follow Me”

  • Christ even gave up his personal desires.
  • This is a point where obedience and faith meet together
  • Sometimes it does not seem like the natural thing to do
  • We can only obey him if we believe him.


  • It is impossible to do this!
  • Gal 2:20 “it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.”
  • Surrender our life, not in a passive but in an active way
  • What if you are not a Christian right now?

Death leads to Life

  • This life is one of death to self
    • but the irony is that eventually it leads to eternal life
  • “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:24).
  • “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to me. Hear, and your soul shall live” (Isaiah 55:2–3)