“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” JOHN 6:35
In John 6:35-52 Jesus proclaimed he was the bread of life and that he was sent from heaven. He goes on to tell the people that it is the will of God that whoever believes in him (Jesus) will have eternal life.
“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”John 6:40
To us present-day Christians, this is a promise of hope that we hold on to, but to the Jews, he was speaking to that day it sounded like blasphemy because they did not believe Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus’s words had them riled up and they began to grumble.
As they grumble Jesus tells them to cut it out and takes it even further by saying, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44). If the crowd wasn’t already upset this statement would have pushed them over the edge. The Jewish people believed they were the VIPs who were privy to God’s salvation simply because they were Jewish. Yet, Jesus is essentially telling them that’s not the case. They don’t just get a “Get out of Jail Free” card because of their nationality or culture. They have to be drawn by the Father and believe in the Son. Then, and only then, will they have eternal life.
I bet that was hard news to swallow. How would you feel?
I often wonder how I would have reacted to Jesus if I had been a Jew during his ministry. Would I have been like Mary or Martha? Or would I have been yelling for his crucifixion? To be honest, I don’t know, but I hope it would be the former.
Although I may not have to answer that question, I did have an important decision to make when the Father drew me to Jesus when I was younger. I said “yes” and it has been the best decision of my life. It hasn’t always been easy, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”John 6:51