John 6:35-40 – Lesson #67

When Jesus spoke of “the food which endures to everlasting life” (John 6:27), those who were gathered requested a sign similar to the manna given to the Israelites in the desert. But with His characteristic focus on the eternal, Jesus turned the conversation to the true bread and the Giver of true life.

John 6:35-40
“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. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 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. 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.'”

Jesus previously stated the meaning of true bread; “the bread of God is He who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33). But when His listeners did not understand, Jesus spoke direct with the first of His “I am” statements. Jesus also declared, “I am the light” (8:12), “the door” (10:7), “the good shepherd” (10:11), “the resurrection and life” (11:25), “the way, the truth and the life” (14:6), and “the true vine” (15:1). Each of these declarations fit into the overall message that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life” (John 20:31).

He then further explained the bread of life by saying those who come and believe will NEVER hunger or thirst. Jesus said that through belief we will be Spiritually satisfied for all eternity. The end of this passage makes this even more clear by using the words “see,” “believe,” and “have everlasting life.” The state of never hungering or thirsting IS eternal life – which begins the moment we believe. We may need to learn how to walk closer and trust more, but He is ALL we ever need.

The necessity of belief is further stressed by revealing the lack of belief in those who were listening. This is important because without attempting to identify belief, the need for belief loses its meaning. From this passage we can see that listening to Jesus, or following Him across the sea, or even believing His miracles does not constitute belief. True belief recognizes who He is and His ability to fill our Spiritual void.

Jesus then says that those who the Father gives will come, and those who come will remain. No one chooses God without God first choosing and making a way for us to come – Jesus was “sent” by the Father. And when we come, He welcomes us in and never lets us go; “I should lose nothing.” His motivation is that He has come to do the will of the Father and “raise him up at the last day.” He is offering to fill every hunger and thirst. Let’s be fully satisfied in Him, knowing that as we come and believe, He will never let us go.

Have a Great Day!

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries