WORLD GOSPEL KINGDOM TRACTS
Unlocking the Mystery of Human Life
John 6:3 And Jesus went up to the mountain and sat there with His disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near. 5 Jesus then lifting up His eyes and seeing that a great crowd was coming toward Him, said to Philip, Where shall we buy bread that these may eat? 6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He was about to do. 7 Philip answered Him, Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that each one may take a little. 8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peters’ brother, said to Him, 9 There is a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish… 10 …So the men reclined, in number about five thousand. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed to those who were reclining; likewise also of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they were filled, He said to His disciples, Gather the broken pieces left over that nothing may be lost. 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve hand baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves which were left over among those who had eaten (John 6:3-13).
We live in a troubled world. The world is altogether troublesome. Family life, school life, and every type of occupation—all are troublesome. Who is at peace—the president, the senators, the congressmen? No one is at peace. Regardless of who you are, you are troubled. We all have troubles.
John 6:17 And they got into a boat and began crossing the sea to Capernaum. 18 And because a strong wind was blowing, the sea was churning. 19…they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they became frightened. 20 But He said to them, It is I. Do not be afraid.
In John 6:54 the Lord says, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day.” Here flesh and blood are mentioned separately. When blood is separate from flesh, it indicates death. Hence, here the Lord clearly indicated His death, that is, His being slain. He gave His body and shed His blood for us that we might have eternal life. To eat His flesh is to receive by faith all that He did by giving His body for us, and to drink His blood is to receive by faith all that He has accomplished by shedding His blood for us. This kind of eating of His flesh and drinking of His blood is to receive Him, in His redemption, as life and the life supply by believing in what He did for us on the Cross. Are you hungry? Are you willing by faith to eat His flesh and drink His blood that you may have eternal life?
For over 20 centuries, Christ, as the five loaves and two fish, has been feeding thousands upon thousands of hungry people! Christ is still here and ready to feed you with Himself. Today, He is unsearchably rich, for there are still twelve baskets full! Are you hungry? Will you feed upon Him?
You can eat Him as the Living Bread of Life by praying this simple prayer to receive Him:
Oh Lord, Dear Lord, I am truly hungry for You. Deepen my hunger to eat of You that I may be filled and satisfied. Only Your life and life supply can fill my deepest hunger for peace and satisfaction. You are my true Bread and my true Drink that I can feed upon day by day. O Lamb of God, thank You for redeeming me! I confess that I am a hungry sinner. Take away my sin that I may receive Your life eternal. Please forgive me of all my sins and cleanse me by Your own precious blood that I may eat of You. I come to You to feed upon You that I shall by no means hunger and by no means ever thirst again. Thank You for coming into my heart to feed me with Yourself as the living Bread of Life! Amen!
In John 6:51b the Lord says, “And the bread which I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Before the fall of man, the Lord was the tree of life (Genesis 2:9), only for feeding man. After man fell into sin, the Lord became the Lamb of God (John 1:29), not only for feeding man, but also for redeeming him. The Lord gave His body, that is, His flesh, to die for us that we might have life. Are you hungry? Are you willing to believe into Him and be redeemed?
The sea represents Satan’s organized and systematized world where humanity is occupied and enveloped. In the world corrupted by Satan there is no real satisfaction; there is always hunger. Neither is there any peace, for the wind and the waves are always on the sea making trouble for man.
Christ comes into this troublesome world as the peace-giving Christ (John 6:16-21). John Chapter 6 not only portrays the hungry world, but also the troubled world. Christ is the feeding Christ to the hungry world and the peace-giving Christ to the troubled world. The world may trouble everyone, but it cannot trouble Him!
Day by day the whole world is seeking to be satisfied with many things like entertainment, amusement and pleasure which can never fill their hunger. They work year by year for the food that perishes. “Work not for the food which perishes, but for the food which abides unto eternal life,” (John 6:27a).
Are you hungry? Will you take in Christ as the food that abides unto eternal life?
Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat. Jesus said, …I Am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall by no means hunger, and he who believes into Me shall by no means ever thirst. I Am the bread of life. I Am the living bread which came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever (John 6:31, 35, 48, 51a).
Are you willing to come to Christ as the bread of life and believe into Him? When you believe into Him, you will never hunger or thirst again! Are you hungry? Are you thirsty?
For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes into Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day. To believe into the Lord is not the same as to believe Him (John 6:40). To believe Him means to believe that He is true and real, but to believe into Him means to receive Him and be united with Him as one.
“As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me” (John 6:57). Once you eat of this wonderful Christ and by faith believe into Him, you also will live because of Him!
Are you hungry? Are you willing to eat of Him right now that you may live in Him, live with Him and live because of Him?
John 6:63 says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.” After resurrection and through resurrection, the Lord Jesus, who had become flesh (John 1:14), became the Spirit who gives life (1 Corinthians 15:45). It is as the life-giving Spirit that He can be the life and life supply to us. When we receive Him as the crucified and resurrected Savior, the Spirit who gives life comes into us to impart eternal life to us. Are you hungry? Will you receive Him as the crucified and resurrected Savior to impart His eternal life into you?
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THE NEED OF THE HUNGRY:
THE NEED OF THE HUNGRY:
THE TROUBLED WORLD
AND THE PEACE-GIVING CHRIST
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Let us walk becomingly as in the day; not in reveling and drunkenness, not in fornication and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.
Romans 13:13, 14