Monday, November 21, 2016

John 6:41-71

Last week Jesus told us He is the Bread of Life.  He was sent by God from heaven to give life to the world.  There are no lists of rules and regulations to do to have eternal life.  All we have to do is believe in Jesus. 

John 6:41-42
The Jews rejected Jesus because of His claim of divine origin.  They knew Joseph and Mary as his parent and could not recognize His divinity.  Jesus’ words were too hard to understand and began to grumble and complain.  How could He have the authority to give eternal life?  They had sufficient proof of Jesus’ origin through the Scriptures as we see in Matt. 1:18-25; John 1:29-34; 2:18-23; 4:43-54; 6:1-15.  They also had the Old Testament prophecies that pointed to Jesus as the Messiah.  They had seen all the miracles He had done.  They even saw God’s approval when He was baptized.

It is very important to believe in Jesus’ heavenly origin because He is the only way to God.  If you don’t believe in Him and who He says He is, you will not have eternal life.

John 6:43-51
The Scriptures have an important part in us coming to Jesus in faith.  They point to Jesus.  They tell us about Him and they convict us of sin.  Scripture is God’s living Word.

Jesus tells them to stop grumbling.  “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.  This is called election or predestination.  This is hard to understand.  God chose us for salvation even before we were born.  “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.” Eph. 1:4-5  God draws individuals to Jesus and gives us to Him.  He chose us all, but God holds us responsible for our refusal to believe in Jesus.  God is merciful.  He made salvation available to us all.

John 6:46 and 14:6-12
We learn that only Jesus has seen the Father.  He is the only way to God.  To see Jesus is to see God.  He is God.  He came to earth and died for us so He has great love for us.

In John 6:49-50 Jesus’ mention 2 kinds of death – physical death and spiritual death.
The Bible tells us we all will die a physical death and that our bodies are perishable, but God promises believers that we will have imperishable bodies and will live eternally with Him forever. (John 6:44, 50-51; 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:54-55)

Where will you go when you die?

Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.  This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”John 6:51  The Jews began to argue even more.  Jesus said, “I tell you the truth unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.”John 6:53-55

What is this bread of life?  Jesus said His flesh, His life is the bread.  He would give His life for the life of the world.  Eating and drinking of His body and flesh are symbolic and refers to the Passover Lamb ceremony.  It also points to the sacrifice of the Lamb of God on the cross.

Our bodies need food and drink to survive.  It gives us energy and fuels our bodies.  Jesus gives us energy and fuel.  He encourages us.  He nourishes our souls and sustains us forever.  So when we eat and drink we are taking in His Words, His characteristics, His attributes, and even acting on them.  Then we live by His example.

Are you a believer in the Lord Jesus? 
Do you live and eat spiritually of Jesus?
Where are you being nourished by the world’s food?
How are you being nourished by Jesus?

John 6:60-71
We see that many of His followers could not accept what He was teaching.  His words were too hard to understand.  Jesus asked if His Words offended them.  He said that they would see Him ascend to heaven where He was before.  He said that Spirit gives life and flesh counts for nothing.  He said He speaks in spirit and they are life.  He knew they would not believe and would betray Him.  He asked the 12 disciples if they wanted to leave Him, too.  Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”John 6:68

Sometimes the Bible is hard to understand and accept, but we should not reject its truth.  Instead we should ask God to help us to understand and to reveal its lessons to us personally.

Do you find God’s Words too hard to understand?
Will you continue to study His Word and trust Him for understanding?

The flesh will rot away, but the Spirit last forever.  His Words are Spirit that gives life.  In other words the Word of God is life.  Hearing and receiving His Word will bring you to believe and have the results of eternal life.  God’s Word is truly living and life-giving.  It is the Holy Spirit who makes us alive to understand.  The Holy Spirit gives life, convicts us of sin, teaches us, guides us, helps us to know the truth, regenerates the spiritually dead, and empowers us to be obedient.

Peter knew the Jesus’ Words were true.  Only Jesus can give eternal life.  Many religions claim they have the way to God.  Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.”John 14:6

There are people today who see miracles and hear God’s Word, but still reject Him.  Judas, one of His disciples saw Jesus’ miracles and heard His teaching, but rejected and betrayed Him. 

Why do people reject Jesus and the truth?  I think some reject the truth because they misunderstand it, some are opposed to it, some are just plain blind to it.  Some want to experience what Jesus has to offer, but don’t want to surrender and commit.  Some go to church and even serve God for what they can get out of it.  Churches are growing today because many have watered down the true doctrine. 

In what ways do you betray Jesus?

Next week we will study the rest of John 7.  Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my site.  Hope to see you here next time.

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