Archive for May 2nd, 2018

John 6:30-36

John 6:30-36 has Jesus continuing to answer the questions of the crowd who has pursued Him to the other side of the Sea of Gallilee.

  1. Rabbi, when did you get here?”
  2. Well, what do we do then to get in on God’s works?”
  3. Why don’t you give us a clue about who you are, just a hint of what’s going on?”

The crowd didn’t believe or like what Jesus had just told them about eternal life and the fact that works were not the answer.  They had experienced Him feeding the 5000, and were seeking more miracles like that.

They waffled: “Why don’t you give us a clue about who you are, just a hint of what’s going on? When we see what’s up, we’ll commit ourselves. Show us what you can do. Moses fed our ancestors with bread in the desert. It says so in the Scriptures: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat”.  The crowd wanted to see another miracle before they would believe.  And what they really wanted was for Jesus to provide daily bread for them, just as Israel had from God during the Exodus. They even knew how to quote Scripture in the attempt to get Jesus to act.  Jesus is offering them the Word of God and eternity through a relationship with Him.  But their faith response is waiting to be based on a miracle, not a relationship.

So Jesus makes another run at clarifying the truth of eternal life.  “Jesus responded, The real significance of that Scripture is not that Moses gave you bread from heaven but that my Father is right now offering you bread from heaven, the real bread. The Bread of God came down out of heaven and is giving life to the world”. Jesus tried to shift their minds above earthly things and on to heavenly truths; to an understanding that a relationship with Him is necessary for spiritual life just as bread is necessary for physical survival.  He is making the truth clear – that the only way to experience eternal life is through Him as God sent Him for that very reason.

The crowd then asks the fourth question: “They jumped at that: “Master, give us this bread, now and forever”!  They really don’t understand.  So Jesus tries to make it clearer again. “Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever”.  Jesus explained that the one who comes to Him – that is, receives Him, believes upon Him – will find his spiritual hunger satisfied. It is that simple.  It is that clear.  Spurgeon said it this way: ‘Coming is a very simple action indeed; it seems to have only two things about it, one is, to come away from something, and the other is, to come to something.’  Have you come to the Savior?  It’s not hard, but we have to act!

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