John 6:41–51 (ESV)
I AM the Bread of Life
41 So the Jews grumbled
about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus
answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who
has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers
ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread
that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
The Jews begin to grumble because Jesus has just said (in essence) that he is manna, bread that came down from heaven. Manna came from
God to Moses and the children of Israel. Now Jesus is saying he is Manna and from God... and they are thinking... I know his mother and father, he is not from God. Now, I must say that the only way you can believe Jesus’ story is through
faith, otherwise, it doesn’t make sense. It is in this passage that Jesus says that whoever believes will have eternal life. To believe requires faith. We know that faith comes from God. Well, Jesus again points this out when
he says “44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ It is Father who draws individuals to God.
It is God who teaches them. Jesus again says he is the Bread of Life. He is still talking about “believing”, yet he says I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Ir anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And
the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. If we are talking about the Lord’s Supper, then why did he use the word “flesh” (GREEK: sarks) and not the “body” that is in the communion wording.
The wording is inconsistent with the communion wording. Also he is saying that eating the body gives eternal life. This is a problem when compared to the communion wording. You don’t have to have the Lord’s Supper to go to heaven,
but you do have to believe.
I pray: O Lord help me to continue in by faith and keep my faith alive. Help me to reach out and save others. Amen.