[SW283] 05/19/2017 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2017
“Jesus, the Bread of Life”
Text: John 6:26-71
Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life! If you partake of the eternal One and take Him in, you have eternal life WITHIN you, here and now, and eternal life WITH Him, when your body dies!
The Lord asked me to simply speak His words in this lengthy passage, and expand upon just a few verses.
Verses 26-27 — The people seek Him for natural bread, so their stomachs can be filled.
But He says, do not work (seek Me) for natural food, which perishes.
Isaiah 55:2 “Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And delight yourself in abundance.”
Come to me for the food I will GIVE you, food that endures forever.
It is a gift. Do you seek Jesus for blessings in earthly things, or do you seek Him to know Him and partake of Him?
Verses 28-29 — The people think they please God and get to heaven by doing good works. But Jesus corrects them. Good works cannot get you to heaven. What is the work of God? To believe in Jesus Christ. That is the only “work” that will give you eternal life. It is only by believing in Him that you are reconciled to God so you are no longer under His wrath (see John 3:36).
Verses 30-34 — The people, who were just fed from five loaves and two fish, seek a sign. They want manna out of heaven. Jesus corrects them. The manna was a type, a FORESHADOWING of Him coming out of heaven to give them the TRUE bread out of heaven — Jesus Christ! He is the bread of God that gives life to the world, eternal life, life as God has it, when you believe Jesus is who He says He is.
The people do not understand. They want His bread always, the kind He gave them on the other side of the sea. It is like the woman at the well (see John 4:15). Jesus says they do not believe, in the next verses.
Verses 35-36 — I AM! Again, ego eimi! I am the I AM (Exodus 3:14)! I always have been and always will be! I am the Bread of Life! If you come to me, you will not hunger or thirst (see John 4:14).
But He said to them, “You do not believe,” even though they have seen Him. And believing in Him is the work of God, the only work they can do to receive eternal life.
Verse 37 — All that the Father gives Me . . . does that mean we have no choice? No, it means that the Father draws and then we must believe. That is OUR work, as Jesus has just told us.
He will certainly not cast out those who come to Him. Hallelujah! But does that mean we can continue to sin against God, as long as we have said we believe in Jesus? May it never be (see Romans 6:1-2)!
Verse 38 — He came down from heaven to do the will of the One who sent Him — that is, His Father. He is the One prophesied of in Psalm 40:6-8, and we are, too, when we are filled with His Spirit. PRAISE BREAK!
Verse 39 — And the will of the Father is that Jesus will lose none of all the Father has given Him, and will raise it up at the last day. But if we continue to willfully disobey God, we are none of His, beloved.
Verse 40 — This is the will of the Father, that everyone who beholds Jesus (intensively acknowledges Him and experiences Him) and believes in Him will have eternal life, and Jesus Himself will raise them up.
Does that mean we sleep in our graves? No! Spiritually, to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord (2Corinthians 5:8). But He will later raise up our bodies, into spiritual bodies (1Corinthians 15:42-44).
Verses 41-45 — Now Jesus is in the synagogue at Capernaum (see v. 59). He chides the Jews there, for they say they know Him in the natural, they know His father and mother. How can He say He came down from heaven? They grumble. He says, STOP! You cannot come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws you. If you have heard (heeded) and learned from the Father through the scriptures you study, you will come to Me.
Verses 46-48 — I have seen the Father; you have not. He who believes has eternal life. He tells the Jews in the synagogue that He is the Bread of Life.
Verses 49-50 — He says the manna was a type. Those who ate the manna from heaven in the desert died of old age. Those who eat of the Bread of Life will never die. Our bodies, the temporary tents we live in, will fall away, but we have His eternal life in us (see 2Peter 1:13).
Verses 51-52 — The manna was not living Bread. It was not bread that when you ate it, you received eternal life. Jesus says, I give My flesh as living Bread, so the whole world may eat of Me.
Jesus does this to test the Jews. They are offended, since it is against the Law of Moses to eat human flesh. How dare He say such a thing! They do not understand His words from a spiritual viewpoint, just as with Nicodemus in John 3.
Verses 53-56 — Jesus continues to test them. You must eat My flesh and drink My blood to have life in yourselves. He means that you must partake of Him. If you do, you have eternal life, and He will raise you up on the last day (just as He told the people in v. 40). This would further repulse them. It is against Mosaic Law to drink blood! They do not understand His words.
He continues. My flesh is TRUE food and My blood is TRUE drink (compared to the manna and water from the rock in the wilderness)! Those were just a foreshadowing! If you eat and drink Me, if you partake of Me, if you take Me into yourself, then you live in Me and I live in you (see John 15:4). That is TRUE food and drink — that which yields eternal life!
Verses 57-59 — The living Father sent Me, I live because of the Father (He will raise Me up!), and so will you, if you eat Me, take Me in, receive Me into your innermost being, into your spirit. The manna came out of heaven, and the fathers (your ancestors) died. If you eat Me, you will live forever. This He said in the synagogue at Capernaum.
Verses 60-63 — Many of His disciples call His words, “too difficult.” They are too hard, too severe! They cannot hear and spiritually comprehend, just as Nicodemus could not (see John 3:10). His statement about eating His flesh and drinking His blood offends them. How can we eat You? So they grumble among themselves, but Jesus knows they are grumbling. Grumbling (words of unbelief) indicates stumbling — that is, sin.
He asks them what they will do when they see Him ascend back to heaven from where He came. He says they do not understand that His words are spirit, they are spiritually discerned. He says the Spirit, when He comes into us, gives life. The Spirit is the means by which eternal life enters you.
He tells them that the Spirit whom I will give is the One who gives eternal life. There is nothing you can do in the flesh in order to obtain eternal life. That is why He says, “The flesh profits nothing.” No good works, which are done in “the flesh,” will give you eternal life. The words which I have spoken, He says, are spirit. They are spiritual. Your spiritual good work is to believe in the One whom the Father sent (again, v. 29).
Verses 64-65 — Jesus says, I know which of you do not believe. And I know who will betray Me. It is as I have said. No one can come to Me unless God has GIVEN them the ability, by understanding these truths that the Spirit reveals. It is a gift from God.
Verses 66-69 — Many fail the test and no longer follow Him. But the Twelve do. He says, “Will you go away also?” Again, a test.
And here is a glorious truth! Simon Peter says, “To whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” They know and believe, so they do not go away, they are not offended by His Words. It is by the Father that Peter is given the revelation —
Matthew 16:17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
Verses 70-71 — Jesus answers them . . . I chose you, even the one of you who is a devil. This was Judas Iscariot, who would betray Him. He knew from the beginning. He has always known.
And He knows hearts. He has always known.
What are you seeking?
Who are you seeking?
Why are you seeking? He knows, and your motive will betray you, if it is not Him that you are seeking, and if your belief is only a mental assent, agreeing with what you read in the Bible and hear from the pulpit.
I pray that through His words in this passage, you will put away your unbelief and believe, take Him into yourself, and have eternal life WITHIN you, here and now, and eternal life WITH Him, when your body dies.