John 6:34–40 (ESV)
I Am the Bread of Life (Part 3)
34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never
thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent
me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life,
and I will raise him up on the last day.”
This is similar to the Samaritan woman at the well. She thought he was talking about physical water and he was talking about faith. I
must admit that this sounds a lot like the Lord’s Supper, but I maintain it is not the Lord’s Supper. Before I say anything else, I think it is fair to say that there is a split within the church as to whether this section is the Lord’s
Supper. Many of my fellow colleagues and professor’s will say it is the Lord’s Supper and the other half will say it is not. I think it prudent to share this with you. I will make my case for this in a couple of days. But
I think a pivotal point is found in verse 40: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” The key word is “believes.
This section is about believing and keep this in mind for the upcoming readings.
I pray: O Lord, help me to continue to do your will until you return or I die, whichever comes first. Your will
as Jesus states is to look on the Son [Jesus] and believe in him should have eternal life. Lord, I believe. Help me when I think I can do things better than you and I do them my way. Why do I sin against you in this way? Forgive me
for my unbelief and help my belief to continue to grow. Amen.