Summary: Jesus’ claim that He is the Bread Of Life & that the way to eternal life comes by Him were not what the crowd wanted to hear. They rebelled against Him & His claims. They felt they already knew who Jesus was.
JOHN 6: 41-51
THE BREAD OF LIFE
Jesus’ proclaimation that He is the Bread Of Life and that the way to eternal life comes by Him were not what the crowd wanted to hear. They rebelled against Him and the claims implied in His words. They felt they already knew who Jesus was. In the face of such opposition Jesus emphatically repeats what He has said and takes the thought further by speaking of the bread which He will give as His flesh.
I. THE BREAD OF HEAVEN, 41-43.
II. DRAWN TO JESUS, 44-46.
III. THE LIVING BREAD, 47-51.
The response of the synagogue leaders to Jesus’ amazing claim is found in verse 41. Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.”
When John says Jews he is referring to the Jewish leaders, for both Jesus and John were Jews. The Jewish leaders were hostile toward Jesus, just waiting for Him to say or do something they could jump on and talk up to others. They had it. Just who does this guy think He is. So they grumbled about Him. They were angry and in opposition. Their forefathers grumbled about manna in wilderness that they now say they want also.
As verse 42 indicates, they had no inking about the Incarnation that Isaiah prophesied. They thought of life and Jesus on a purely human plane. They were saying, You can never understand life or Jesus on a human plane “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?”
The leaders saw Jesus as a carpenter/mason’s son from Nazareth. They refused to listen with an open heart despite what He had done b/c they could not tolerate His message.
Many people say they reject Christ because they cannot believe He is the Son of God the Creator, but in reality the demands that Jesus makes for their loyalty and obedience are what they cannot accept. So to protect themselves from the message, they find fault with the messenger and reject Him.
In verse 43 Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.
Jesus tells them to cease their murmurings among themselves. That is not the way to learn divine truth. If they had questions they should ask Him in a respectful and sincere manner.
II. DRAWN TO JESUS, 44-46.
In verse 44 Jesus repeats the teaching of verse 37 but in a stronger manner. “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
Now Jesus proclaims that no man “can” come unless the Father draws him. The thought of divine initiative is one of the great doctrines of the gospel. Men like to feel independent. They think they can come to Jesus of their own volition. Jesus asserts that this is an utter impossibility. [Morris, NIC, pp. 373.]
God, not man, plays the most active role in salvation. When someone comes to Jesus and receives Him as Savior and Lord he or she does so only in response to the leading, the urging of God’s Holy Spirit. God does the urging, then we can decide whether to believe or remain in unbelief. No one can place their faith in Jesus without the personalize work of the Father.