I Am The Bread Of Life

Jesus said, "I am the bread of life."

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John 6:35-71 I Am the Bread of Life

JOHN 6:35-71  35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” 41 The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” 42 And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” 52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” 53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven - not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” 59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum. 60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” 61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” 66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 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.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” 71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.

What was the setting for this teaching by Christ?
"These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum." (John 6:59)

Who were in the audience?
Those who had come by boat, "the twelve" apostles (John 6:67), other "disciples" (John 6:60), including some who abandoned Jesus at the end of this teaching (John 6:66), and the Pharisees and other "Jews" (John 6:41), including some from Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up (John 6:42).

Is Jesus promoting cannibalism in John 6:35, John 6:48 and John 6:51?
Of course not.

Then what is He saying? What entities is He equating in this discourse?

Let’s start with John 6:35 and John 6:48. What does He equate in these two verses?
Jesus = "bread of life."

What is said about this "bread of life" in John 6:51?
It is "living," "from heaven," and is His "flesh".

So how is the above equation elaborated?
Jesus = living bread of life from heaven = His flesh

What did John 1:14 say about His flesh?
"The Word became flesh."

So how does this extend the equation?
Jesus = living bread of life from heaven = His flesh = Word

What about blood? Is Jesus saying in John 6:53-56 that people should become vampires?
Of course not.

Where was His blood shed?
On the cross.

So what does He mean by His "blood"?
His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins.

Let's pull it together. What is Jesus saying that we have to do to have "eternal life"?
Believe in Him as per the Bible, and believe that His sacrificial death on the cross paid in full for our sins.

Who ultimately enables us to "believe" in Jesus?
God the Father: “Father gives” (John 6:37); He [Father] has given (John 6:39); “Father… draws” (John 6:44); Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me” (John 6:45); "No one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father" (John 6:65).

Could Jesus have used a softer analogy above? Why did He use such a repelling analogy?
To disperse a mob that had come to crown Him king and lead a rebellion against the Romans.

In fact, in what verses are the "Jews" and His so-called "disciples" (not the twelve) on their edge?
John 6:52 and John 6:60.

What does Jesus do to them?
Pushes them over the edge in the subsequent verses - John 6:53-58 and John 6:61-65, respectively.

Who stayed with Jesus?
"The twelve" (John 6:67), although one of them, "Judas Iscariot" (John 6:71) would later betray Him.

There are man-made religions whose message has been carefully crafted to maximize ease of understanding and appeal to those they hope to attract. The message of the Bible is different. Not all teachings of the Bible are easy for us to understand or accept. But if you think about it, it can only be so, since it was written by God to reveal Himself to us. If God is the Creator of the universe, there is no way we will be able to completely comprehend Him. Some people decide that since they don't understand or like everything in the Bible, it isn't for them, and like the mob above, turn away from Jesus. Others thank God for however much of the Bible He lets them understand, and cling to Christ, not because everything He says always appeals to them, but because He is the truth and has "the words of eternal life." (John 6:68)

What will you do?

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