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"I am the living bread that came down from heaven."
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
The Bread from Heaven
John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty."
Rejected by His Own
John 6:41 At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."
[John 6:35] The "I AM" Statements of John's Gospel (see chart).
With the declaration "I am the bread of life," Jesus begins His "I am" axioms recorded only in John. His "I am" is solemnly emphatic, and these affirmations are mountain peak declarations in John's Gospel.
[John 6:44] Jesus attributes the initiation of the salvation experience not to man (cf. 1:12, 13), but to the drawing power of God. Human response (v. 37) is always dependent upon God's initiative. Theologians call it "prevenient grace," the grace which provides revelation and conviction, and directs a man to repentance and faith. It also involves the making alive of the spiritually dead, obstinate will of man (cf. Eph. 2:1ff.).
[John 6:51] (vv. 51-56) Jesus specifies the meaning of "bread" by reference to His body, which was to be sacrificed for sin. Again the analogy of the necessity of food intake for life is carried over as a parallel to receiving Christ for spiritual life. Whoever partakes of Christ experiences now the sustaining life of the age to come (v. 54; cf. 3:16, 36). The statement was obviously shocking. The intent is to enable the disciples to comprehend fully the necessity of assimilating the life of Jesus into their own lives. Also, the statement tends to eliminate neutrality concerning Jesus. The immediate result was the rejection of Jesus' claims by those who only sought physical provision (v. 66).
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