“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Jesus the Bread of Life

A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus

Earlier in the book of John chapter 6, we talked about Jesus feeding the five thousand.  (Matthew 14:21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.)  So it could have been as many as 12,000 to 14,000 people fed that day with 12 bushels or baskets left over.   Matthew Henry Commentary – See in this miracle a representation of The Bread of Life, which came down from Heaven to sustain our perishing souls.  Christ’s provisions for us in His gospel may appear mean and scanty to the world, yet they satisfy all that feed on Him in their hearts by faith and with thanksgiving.

Jesus the Bread of Life – John 6:25) And when they had found Him on the other side of the sea, they said unto Him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?   26) Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.  27) Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of Man shall give unto you:  for Him hath God the Father sealed.  Acts 2:22.  28) Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  29) Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.  1John 3:23.  30) They said therefore unto Him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?  31) Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from Heaven to eat.  Exodus 16:15; Nehemiah 9:15; Psalms 78:24.  32) Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that Bread from Heaven; but my Father giveth you the True Bread from Heaven.  33) For the Bread of God is He which cometh down from Heaven, and giveth life unto the world.  34) Then said they unto Him, Lord, evermore give us this Bread.  35) And Jesus said unto them, I am the Bread of Life:  he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.   John 4:14; Revelations 22:17.   36) But I said unto you, That ye also have seen Me, and believe not.  37) All that the Father giveth me shall come to me: and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.  Jeremiah 31:34; 1John 2:19.  38) For I came down from Heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.  39) And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  40) And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life:  and I will raise him up at the last day. 

Nelson’s Bible Commentary – vv26, 27) Do not labor for the food: The impression that one must work for eternal life is quickly corrected when Jesus adds which the Son of Man shall give you.   The Son provides life as a gift (4:10).  v28-30 When Jesus said believe on Him whom He hath sent, the people must have understood that He was claiming to be the Messiah.  Therefore, they asked for a sign –despite the fact that they had just witnessed the feeding of the multitudes!!!  v31 There was a tradition that said that the Messiah would cause manna to fall from heaven as Moses did (Exodus 16:4,15).  The people probably saw this “miracle worker” as the perpetual provider of physical needs rather that spiritual ones.  v32 The crowd misrepresented the truth, so Jesus corrected them.  The manna had not come from Moses; it had been provided by God.  Moreover, God still gives True Bread — eternal life (v33).   v35 Bread of Life means “bread which supplies life.” Manna satisfied physical needs for a while.  Christ satisfies spiritual needs forever (4:13, 14).  v36, 37 seen…not believe.  Seeing does not necessarily mean believing (v30; 11:46-57).  On the other hand, Christ blesses those who believe without having seen.  v38 Christ will not cast out any who come to Him because He came to do the Father’s will.  v39, 40 The will of the Father is twofold: (1) that all who come to the Son will be received and not lost; (2) that all who see and believe on the Son will have everlasting life.  

More to come and God Bless You.

      

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