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"I am the living bread that came down from heaven."
(John 6:51)

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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 6:42 They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"
John 6:43 "Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.
John 6:44 "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:45 It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
John 6:46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.
John 6:47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
John 6:48 I am the bread of life.
John 6:49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.
John 6:50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.
John 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."

[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).

NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes

Readings for the week of August 19th
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
First: Proverbs 9: 1-6
Psalm 34: 9-14
Second: Ephesians 5: 15-20
Gospel: John 6: 51-58

 

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