In Part one of spiritual diet we closed with two application questions: Do you have any doubts? Do you know anyone that is doubting? Hopefully we had time to think and reflect upon these two personal questions for the last few weeks. It’s important to be honest with yourself, identifying any doubt that you current have; otherwise you will be like the crowd following Jesus with a different agenda!
Billy Graham stated “Your yearning for God must supersede all other desires. It must be like a gnawing hunger and a burning thirst.” Our plans of building, creating maintaining a relationship with God needs to go over and above our motives, agenda and doubts in order for us to move in positive direction of spiritual growth.
The crowd asked “What we must do…” and “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you?” Jesus answered “…believe in the one he has sent.” (v.28-30). Keep in mind that the crowd has seen miraculous signs beforehand and yet asked Jesus again for proof; it’s almost as if their mind is like a CD player stuck on repeat, playing the same track over and over again.
The crowd mention that their “forefathers ate manna in the desert; as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” (v.31). Jesus pointed out to the crowd that Moses himself didn’t provided his people the manna (bread) to eat; it was the Father who provided the manna (bread) from heaven daily (v.32)(Exodus 16:4, 11-12). Manna was given to the forefathers on a daily basis to nourish and support their physical body during their journey in the desert. However, God also had a lesson for the forefathers along with providing manna; dependence/relationship, living/focusing one day at a time and exercising faith daily (Exodus 16:4-6).
“For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” (v.33) God is the source of, “true bread”, spiritual substance and eternal life, (“gives life to the world”) by sending his son to do the fathers will (Philippians 4:19). The crowd asks Jesus for the bread as if they were ready and willing to take the bread (including all of its meaning and understanding); thus leading them to make a life decision right here and now.. Jesus goes on to explain that no one will ever be hungry and thirsty again if they believe in Him; yet Jesus still sees the crowd’s mind like a ping pong game, back and forth (v.34-36). We too (just like the crowd) have a personal life decision to make: accepting or rejecting the Gospel; Jesus doesn’t take a left, on the fence, or a right, and/or a yes, a no, a maybe so answer… there’s an invitation waiting on the table for “whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”(v.37).
“For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 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 them up at the last day.” (v.38-40). Jesus shares and sums up the purpose and reason for “I am the bread of life…” statement; that He Himself was sent here (on earth) to carry out the Father’s will, not his (Jesus’) own will. The invitation is there waiting for anyone that personal made that choice; one who sees and believes in him will “have eternal life…”
This leads us to two closing/application questions: Have you made a personal life decision choice: accepting or rejecting the Gospel? What is holding you back and/or keeping you on the fence? As we end, let’s continue thinking and reflecting upon these two personal questions this week; it will guide us and set the stage for the third part of “Spiritual Diet” covering John 6:40-59.
- What claims does Jesus make in verses 35-40?
- What do these claims emphasize about his being the bread of life? About the will of the Father?
Exodus 16, John 14:6-14, Philippians 4:9, 19