I preached at Crossroads International Church in The Hague last Sunday on Jesus’ claim to be the bread of life in John 6, as part of a series on the true identity of Jesus. After the service I got chatting with Alexandra, who is Dutch, and who asked whether I was worried that people might miss the serious content because they were distracted by the jokes. I said that I was more concerned that people might miss the jokes because they were distracted by the serious content.
But her comment reminded me that my sermons can be heavy-going, especially for a multinational audience. So here’s a re-recording of the sermon without the jokes, for people to get confused by at their leisure.
The central point I wanted to make is that, when we read John closely, we find that his more vertically oriented, theological presentation of the person of Jesus is not as out of step with the historical narrative of the Synoptic Gospels as we might have thought. Well, at least, as I might have thought.