Wednesday, July 21, 2021
30-31 They waffled: “Why don’t you give us a clue about who you are, just a hint of what’s going on? When we see what’s up, we’ll commit ourselves. Show us what you can do. Moses fed our ancestors with bread in the desert. It says so in the Scriptures: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”
32-33 Jesus responded, “The real significance of that Scripture is not that Moses gave you the bread from heaven but that my Father is right now offering you the bread from heaven, the real bread. The Bread of God came down out of heaven and is giving life to the world.”
34 They jumped at that: “Master, give us this bread, now and forever!”
35-38 Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because you don’t really believe me even though you have seen me in action. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own agenda but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.
39-40 “This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the Father is completed—not a single detail missed—and at the wrap-up of time, I have everything, and everyone put together, upright and whole. This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole after time.”
41-42 At this, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” the Jews started arguing over him: “Isn’t this the Son of Joseph? Don’t we know his Father? Don’t we know his mother? How can he now say, ‘I came down out of heaven’ and expect anyone to believe him?” -John 6:30-42 The Message
The conversation between Jesus and the crowd members continues. A quick recap; Jesus is found on the other side of the shore after disappearing. The crowd asked him when did he get here? He called them out for having self-centered reasons to follow him. The conversation questions continued after Jesus answered what we must do to do the works God requires. They asked Jesus, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” The group responded, “Sir, always give us the bread,” Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Just a quick reminder, the bible is always in repetition. The bread of life is Jesus; this is spiritual food. Your relationship with Jesus Christ can only be sustained by the spiritual food Jesus can bring you. You can eat bread to live in life, but the only way we can have spiritual nourishment is to allow Jesus in our lives in our daily walk.
Jesus continued: “But as I told you, you have seen me and still do not believe. Therefore, all those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will, but to do the will of him who sent me.” Jesus worked in union with the God of the Father. Remember that Jesus has the same purpose to follow the will of God, not to satisfy his human desires. Let this be welcoming of God’s presence and always being protected by him.
Jesus continued on: “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. Christ will not let you be overcome by the devil and lose salvation (17:15, Philippians 1:6) because if and when you make the commitment to believe in Jesus, you are fit with eternal life. Thus, Jesus said to us all that he would not lose even one person whom the Father had given him.
Verse 40, Jesus is responding: “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” You put your faith in Christ, you will be resurrected from physical death to eternal life with God when Christ comes again. (1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16)
The Jews began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is this not Jesus, the Son of Joseph, whose Father and Mother we know? How can he now say, “I came down from heaven?” When John was writing, he mentions the Jews. John and Jesus are Jews, so he is not talking about all Jews. He is talking about the Jewish leaders that are being hostile towards Jesus. Some of them didn’t want to accept Jesus’ claim of divinity; that’s why they grumbled. They don’t want to believe that Jesus was God’s divine Son, so they rejected him and would not tolerate his message. The reality is that the demands Christ makes for loyalty and obedience are what they can’t accept. So they end up protecting themselves by rejecting his message.
Father, thank you for your message. But, unfortunately, there are a lot of people who reject your message because they refuse to believe it. They don’t want to be obedient, so they leave you. I pray we can be examples of obedience to you to show them how to live in faith for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!