John Chapter 6b

March 27, 2010

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on the Book of John. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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John 6:25-71 (NIV)
25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30 So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” 32 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” 41 At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” 43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 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: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, 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 as eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. 60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.” 66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)

This part of John 6 picks up on the Passover theme. Remember, that the people would have been thinking in Passover terms, bread, lamb, blood. They have just made the connection that Jesus is like Moses who lead fed them in the desert and led them out of bondage. They are looking to force Jesus to be King so that he will do the same for them. Jesus, however, will now use the miraculous feeding to teach about the bread of life.

In this message, Jesus talks about a life sustained. He tells the crowd about food that “endures to eternal life”. Those who take of the bread of life will never go hungry and never be thirsty. He is talking about a sustained a relationship with those who “remain in Me” so that life will be continuously experienced.
This, however, is not what the crowd is interested in. They want a king who can validate himself with a sign, preferably one that would provide them with food (manna from heaven).

Jesus tells them that their focus needs to be not on food that perishes, but on that which endures to eternal life. What they really need is true bread from heaven, Jesus.

John 6:35-40

I am the bread of life!
God will, in Jesus, keep on supplying that which sustains our new life. We can be sure Jesus will extend God’s grace to us in a daily experience of eternal life as well as in a permanent relationship with God.

John 6:41-51

I am the Bread that came down from heaven!
The manna that God provided in the wilderness during the exile, was a picture of Jesus as the “living bread”. When God’s people traveled through the wilderness, they had to depend on God to provide their food supernaturally. God provided the food in a way that would also teach the people something about their relationship with Him. Every day God gave enough food for that day. There was a continual daily dependence on God. He alone was the source of life.

John 6:52-59

Eat the flesh of the Son of Man.
In part, this is a reference to the communion ordinance that Jesus would institute at the last supper.
“This is My body, given for you”, “This is “My blood which is poured out for you.” But even more than that, Jesus in these passages is using body and blood to represent everything needed to sustain and support life, which is found in Christ.

John 6:60-71

The crowds who had gathered hoping for more free food, now leave. But when Jesus asked the Twelve if they would leave too, Peter answered for them. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God”. The disciples, like the crowds, didn’t fully understand the words of Jesus, but they knew that they could trust Him and that would follow Him.

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