Jesus said to them, "I Am the bread of life; he who comes to Me, will not hunger and He who believes in Me will 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 certainly not 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 Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me, I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life and I Myself will raise him up on the last day." John 6:35-40
Here we have a very clear message from Jesus to His disciples. And of course that certainly includes today’s disciples. We know we must have bread to sustain our physical beings and we all certainly adhere to that. Jesus reveals to us here He is the Bread of Life that came down from heaven, unlike the manna that was rained down to feed their physical bodies in the Old Testament with Moses. We must understand our spirit has to have this Bread to sustain the spirit man which we all are. Our spirit is eternal. It doesn’t die. According to scripture, all will spend eternity in heaven or hell. May I remind you once again, there are only two choices.
Jesus then tells us we must come to Him and believe in order to receive from Him. That is pretty simple instructions but what does it mean to come to Him? We obviously can’t believe until we come. Have you ever come to Him? He isn’t telling you to do anything but come to Him. If you sincerely try to get to Him through prayer and reading His Words you will get to Him when you aspire to come with all your heart. May I assure you you will then believe. Jeremiah 29:13 tells us:
"You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart."
He isn’t hiding from us. He is constantly bidding us to come to Him throughout His Word.
"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matt 11:28
John 1:14 tells us:
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."
We must understand Jesus and the Word of God is one and the same.. Aren’t we thankful both are full of grace and truth!
Jesus tells them you have seen me, and still do not believe. In John 20:29 Jesus says to doubting Thomas after His resurrection:
"Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed."
We know without faith it is impossible to please God, according to His Word and He promises rewards to those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) He does reward those who earnestly seek Him indescribably! In this particular passage He makes known to us He was fulfilling the will of the Father when He came down from heaven to become our Bread of eternal life.
He tells us we must eat His body and drink His blood in order to receive eternal life. This is the teaching many of His followers left after hearing. I encourage you to go to Him, and pray, before getting before Him as you read the Bread of Life, which is His Word. Don’t be like the multitude that left Him, but become His true disciples that love Him unconditionally as He loves us. Besides that, we know only He holds the Words of eternal life. John 6:66-69 reads:
As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore. So Jesus said to the twelve,
"You do not want to go away also, do you?"
Simon Peter answered,
"Lord to whom shall we go? You have the Words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God."
What a powerful interaction with Jesus and his disciples! I encourage you to follow their example of continuing to seek Jesus with all your heart when the lessons get hard. Come to Him, and read this chapter for yourself and let Him reveal who He is to you. He told us anyone who comes to Him, He will not cast out. That means you. When He speaks directly to you through praying and reading His Word you will believe. Faith comes by hearing — and hearing the Word of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 10:17) Please take the time to read your scripture references.
Our scriptures clearly convey it is not the Father’s will that He should lose any who come to Him. Jesus did not want to die in vain for our sins. He wants us to come to Him, and believe He is who He said He was. He did all He could do to make sure you will not be lost to hell. He made a way for you to be raised up with Him on the last day to go home and spend your eternity safely in the omnipresent love of God. All you have to do is come and believe. I pray you will begin this journey if you haven’t already. If you have, may you strive to fulfill the most important commandment of all: Love God with all your heart, mind, body, and strength. It is a decision you will never regret, especially when we all will stand before Him, the only Righteous Judge, on the last day, and He Himself will raise us up!
In His love.
Reasons why I love where I live!