John 6:66-69 (The Words of Eternal Life)


On Friday morning I was driving out to the Bible college in Murietta – to teach for whole school. A)Cool seeing so many kids from Vista there – 10 – several more in extension campuses.


B) When I was on I-15: There was a Maroon Mercedes in front of me – License plates that read – PM WIFE


C) England: Prime Minister’s Wife

1) Perfect Mom and wife!

2) Professional mother and wife.


D) PM – Night – Wife at night – super woman by day.

1) Tylenol Pm -  Headache wife.


It is funny what people put on their cars – Message they want to send. Typical plate for many in CA



B)Fonzy in Ontario / OJ Simpson’s in Tennessee/ Starbucks addict

1) Typical New Yorker – Moron / New York Comic


C) Power in words:  On Mon. & Tuesday this week I was teaching up in Sacramento Prt 2 Metro Calvary.

1) On Tues before catching my flight back down here- one of the guys in the Church took me golfing.  9 holes


D) We were joined by a great big firefighter from West Sac – Jeff

1) Jeff was about 6’5 – 300 lbs – sweat guy with a sweat swing

                       Fire fighter Motto

Risk nothing for a loser – a house that is going down

Risk a little for property.

Risk everything for life.


I was thinking about those words going home – and I thought so many today have it all backwards

A)They are risking everything for a loser – the Bible says the things in this world are going to burn with a fervent heat.


B) And yet people poor their whole lives/ all their time and energy on things – that are not going to last

1) Can’t take with them – Houses  cars / possessions


C) The pursuit / the upkeep / the time invested in those things COSUME So many people.


D) And life gets neglected – Kids get neglected / marriages get neglected /

1) People who don’t know Jesus get neglected.


Jesus would have agreed with Jeff’s fire fighter motto!

A)John Ch. 6 He is trying to get the people he is talking to to see past the temporal and focus on the eternal


B) Realize they are Hungering for the bread of life – that is the only thing that is going to satisfy them.

1) The real longing is going to be found in a relationship with Him


C) That is the bread that last – Eating of Him – allowing Him to be integrated into every aspect of their lives.


D) This particular message became a turning point for many who were following Jesus at that time.

66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.


E) They were not ready for that type of a Commitment! { They Left!

1) They wanted a free lunch – but not a surrender.


C. S. Lewis gives a remarkable illustration from his own life of what the attitude is of many who hear the gospel:

When I was a child I often had toothache, and I knew that if I went to my mother she would give me something which would deaden the pain for that night and let me get to sleep.


But I did not go to my mother-at least, not till the pain became very bad.


And the reason I did not go was this. I did not doubt she would give me the aspirin: but I knew she would also do something else.


I knew she would take me to the dentist next morning. I could not get what I wanted out of her without getting something more, which I did not want.


I wanted immediate relief from pain: but I could not get it without having my teeth set permanently right.


Jesus is not interested in being a temporal remedy in your life. He wants to be a vital part of your life.

A)Well at this point Jesus turns to the 12  asks – V.67


67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" 

68 But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  


B) This was a powerful Proclamation of Peter- Where else would we go -You have the words of eternal life.  Words that bring life.


C) This is a powerful pronouncement that Peter makes here – Lord we have no where else to go! - 

1) Implied that they considered their options – found that nothing compared to Jesus.


D) In you are the words of eternal life! Words that lead to real living !


E)  In the rest of our time today I want to do two things:

#1 I want to consider the words of Jesus – what was said about His words

#2 I want to take a closer look at this statement from Peter.


The words of Jesus!

1)His words are gracious!  Luke 4:22


“ So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.”


A)Literally, the people said that Jesus’ words were full of grace.


B)gracious words—“the words of grace,” referring both to the richness of His matter and the sweetness of His manner (Psalm 45:2).


C) Words full of grace depict words that are uplifting / encouraging


The words of Jesus stood in stark contrast to the words of the religious leaders of the day who’s word were so filled condemnation.

A)The religious leaders of the day – were so good at pointing out to people what was wrong – how they were violating the law!


B) They often presented God as being angry and disappointed with people.


C) Jesus was just the opposite- Not that Jesus shied away from pointing out problems  - But He also focused on the answer

1) The answer was found –in what God wanted to do for them rather than what they needed to do for God.


D) Watch out for teaching that is always focused on what you need to do for God!   Pharisees


E) So first of all the words of Jesus were Full of grace!


2) His words are astonishing.  Matthew 7:28-29

28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.


I was once preaching in Britain – when I was finished – Pastor came up and said – that was Brilliant – wow! – Few minutes later one of his elders – that was Brilliant – I am thinking -  I thought it was good – But Brilliant


Then I discovered that they use Brilliant the way we use the word good.  In other words they were just being nice!


That wasn’t the case here with Jesus – They were astonished – they were amazed!

A)The word astonished or amazed – literally meant to be struck in the mind of being astounded or beside oneself.


B)The response was after listening to Jesus give the sermon on the MT.


C)The crowd was totally dumbfounded by the power of what Jesus said.

1) They had never heard such comprehensive, insightful words of wisdom, depth, and insight.


D)They had never heard such straightforward and fearless denunciation of the scribes and


E)They had never heard such a fearful warning about the consequences of turning away from God.

1)They had never heard such a powerful and demanding description of true righteousness


But the most remarkable thing that struck the audience that day was He spoke w/ Authority

A)Authority (exousia) has to do with power and privilege, in the New Testament it is used for the power that proves and reflects the sovereignty of Jesus.


B)The scribes quoted others to lend authority to their teachings, but Jesus quoted only God’s Word and spoke as the final authority on truth.


C)He spoke eternal truth simply, directly, w/ love (in contrast to the condemning nature of the Pharisees),

1)That astounded the crowd.


D) We will see later in John 7 where the religious leaders sent officers to apprehend Jesus – they came back empty handed

1) When questioned –- Where is He ? –They answered  John 7:46 No one ever spoke like this man!


 3) His words are Spiritual. John 6:63 “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”


A)His words are spiritual – meaning that they can only be spiritual discerned


B) Paul contrasted the natural man from the spiritual man in 1 Corinthians 2:13-14


“These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”


C) The things of the spirit – the things that are eternal are not going to make sense to the natural man – because he is focused on the natural

1) Focused on this life / focused on  things here/ him


D) He is pretty one dimensional –

But the Spiritual man is Multi dimensional – concerned about this world His life here –

A) But He is also thinking about the Kingdom which is to Come.


B)He views life in light of eternity! – Sets his priorities in light of eternity

1) Sees people in light of eternity!


C) The natural man doesn’t understand when a Christian man – leaves a high paying Job – to go into the ministry for ½ that pay

1) Or to go out onto the mission field for even less – it seems stupid idiotic


But the Spiritual man gets –it – He understands – Living for a different reward.

A)Jesus words were spiritual – expresses the need to be born again – born of the spirit to comprehend them.


B)  But once a man is born again he begins to think in a new dimension


4)  His words brought life.  John 6:68 You have the words of eternal life.

A)Words of death vs words of life!


B) 2 Corinthians 3:6 – The law kills – but the spirit brings life.

C) Words that result in eternal life.

D) Words that result in everlasting living!

1) Jews view of eternal life – was not just speaking of a longevity of life but also a quality of life. –


E) Peter was declaring – There is no where else to go to obtain / experience the quality of life we have found in following You.


Consider now this statement of Peter – where else would we go? –

A)What were his options – what were some of the words and ideas that were floating around in Jesus day: Popular Philosophies?


B) Roman Hedonism : Where the focus was on the care of self

1) Pursue pleasure above all else and sexuality was rampant


C) Wives mistresses / Homosexuality was all rampant in Rome

1) Sex Slaves male and female – young kids


That was the mentality that was rampant at the time of Christ when Rome Was in Power.

A) Peter looked at that – that is not desirable

There is no life in that !


B)That is not the quality of life we are searching for.


C) HOLLYWOOD! So miserable / empty – lives always falling apart

1) Mentality of Rome Re-visited – Pursue pleasure at all cost.


D) But most of us have come to discover the emptiness in that!


E) Parties are fun / miserable the next day

1) Emptiness is back – sometimes stronger

   MASK the emptiness


At the opposite ends of the spectrum were the

Religious sects – 2 most Popular – Pharisees –

A)They were the legalist the religionist of the day.


B) Living by the letter of the law


C) That was frustrating – Paul declared no life in that only condemnation


D) Never be good enough!


Sadducees – No miracles – no Rez

A)Hopeless religion { Best life here


B) Peter saw in Jesus the perfect blending of the two

Not religion but relationship{ Future Hope

Then there were the Popular greek Philosophies

Stoicism The Stoics thought that the whole universe was a divine being, and that the gods were simply various names of the one cosmic God.


They believed that virtue was living in harmony with the rational force of nature.


To find peace of mind, the Stoics said, people should learn what is in their power and what isn't, and should concern themselves only with the things in their power.


The Stoics concluded that people had the power to live in harmony with the cosmic God, which they called virtue.


Today’s version of the New age movement –

Finding the God with in!


Shirley Mclaine – You are god – There is a God – and you are not Him


Gnosticism: The word Gnostic comes from the Greek word gnosis which means “to know”

A) Now an Agnostic is one who does not know/ they would say that there could be a God who is behind the purpose and design of the Universe,


B) but that is something that we can’t know.


B) It’s knowledge that it beyond us. The Gnostic were just the opposite, they would say we do know!!  In fact we know WHAT you don’t know.

C) Part of their goal was to merge certain philosophical views with the Christian faith.


D) A believe system in which knowledge is the ultimate and redemption is from ignorance, not from sin. 


Gnosticism simplified believed: “the spirit alone was good/matter was essentially evil!”

A)Now their thinking about all “matter” being evil also affected their ethical approach to life/ but there they were divided into 2 camps


B)  One camp suggested: If our bodies were evil then:  practice a rigid Asceticism(self denial – starve, beat, & deny the body)


C) The other camp took the opposite view: They said  practice a “loose life” of Antinomianism(Living apart from the law)


D) So If the body was evil, it didn’t matter what you did to it, the spirit was all that mattered.{ So live it up !!!!


Now today: Religions like Christian Science and Scientology – trace their views back to some of these greek Philosophies -


Scientology is a religion that sees all human beings as immortal spirits (thetans) who have forgotten their identity and become deceived by the very universe they mentally emanated in order to amuse themselves. Scientology claims it can free the thetan to realize his or her true nature and powers through certain procedures that heal the mind and free the spirit.

Scientology is focused around correcting the “errors” of the mind. The auditing process seeks to trigger and then erase all the erroneous beliefs that the reactive mind is holding onto.

 It might very well be described as “un-hypnotizing” oneself and freeing oneself from automatic responses. Once the reactive mind is made “clear” the analytic mind is free to use an ever-greater portion of it’s potential power.


Mind over Matter –


Christian Science teaches that man does not have a sinful nature but is a reflection of Divine Mind. To achieve "salvation," he needs only to find the true reality of understanding, deeper Knowledge which they say is  revealed in Christian Science teachings.


It is Gnosticism revisited.


Kabbalah- similar ideas – ancient form of Judiasm developed by ancient rabbi’s –

A)Emphasis is on enlightenment – deeper Knowledge


B) Man can better Himself!


C) The Bible teaches that although man might be able to become smarter / more enlightened

1) More religious – Better his environment


D) There is one thing that He cannot do- that is change the fact that he is sinner –

1) Sin separates Him from God – Dooms him to an eternity apart from God


E) Jesus is the remedy. { He is the answer REZ

1) A work that begins on the inside – the heart that affects life on the outside.


                       Fire fighter Motto

Risk nothing for a loser – a house that is going down

Risk a little for property.

Risk everything for life.


Jesus did that for You!