John 6:41-47 – Lesson #68

When the people asked for a sign so they could believe, Jesus said He was the bread of life. The miracle of His life was much greater than that of Moses supplying manna in the desert because Jesus could fully satisfy; “He who comes to Me shall never hunger” (John 6:35). But not everyone could accept these words.

John 6:41-47
“The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, ‘I am the bread which came down from heaven.’ 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”?’ Jesus therefore answered and said to them, ‘Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 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. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.'”

“The Jews” is a phrase usually reserved for those who opposed Jesus and could suggest the setting moved from the outside to the smaller confines of the synagogue (v.59). The Jews didn’t quote the exact words of Jesus, but it’s clear they understood His meaning. Jesus claimed to be from Heaven just as John said; “He who comes from above is above all” (John 3:31). But how could this be true since they knew His family?

With their focus on the natural, the supernatural was not possible. They were talking with the One sent to give life; but rather than hear His words, they were looking for reasons NOT to believe. Jesus mentioned this type of reaction in the parable of the great feast; “‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses” (Luke 14:17-18).

The Jews believed they could enter God’s kingdom by their own effort, that they could be good enough – righteous enough – to merit God’s favor. But Jesus said no one is good enough. Entrance to the kingdom must be by the grace of God, they must be drawn and made righteous. But HOW are they drawn?

Jesus quoted from Isaiah 54:13 to identify Himself as the King sent to restore the kingdom and to show they were in a time when all would be taught by God. Notice how Jesus then connects the drawing of God to hearing and learning. The act of drawing is carried out through hearing and learning from the Father. But only the Son has seen the Father, so all teaching which draws is done by God through the Son; “He has declared Him” (John 1:18). Jesus has the words of God which are used to draw us to Himself, the Words of God now recorded in the Bible. Jesus then concluded by again tying everlasting life directly to belief in Him. God is the initiator, supplier, and sustainer of true life; and He has entrusted ALL to His one and only Son. Let’s hear and learn from God through His Word. Let’s be drawn to the Son and believe.

Have a Great Day!

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries