It is not unusual for individuals to struggle through the reasoning process to clarify why we arrive at particular conclusions in given situations. Sometimes we think, “Would I have reached a different decision if the end result was magnified previously”? It can cause frustration, or it might solidify the reasons behind my conclusion. (John 6:22-40)
One has to wonder what went through the minds of folk present after tracking Jesus to Capernaum, and knowing that He had not left in the boat from Tiberius that carried His disciples! However, their question is now geared to frustration of how in the world did you do this?
The next two verses of this encounter puts the rubber meeting the road: “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”
From the natural man the question is raised: “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Without hesitation Jesus said: “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” They are set on a set rule, “work”. Jesus immediately corrects their thinking with that statement on “believe in Him whom He has sent.” If we get that straight, all else will fall in place! You cannot help but notice: “It is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.”
A summation of the rest of the verses in John 6 emphasizes the point that I have been making… It is belief in the person of Jesus Christ as God’s provider alone that will suffice for eternal life. Jesus also said: “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” (v47)
That message, repeated in many forms in the succeeding verses, should clarify for anyone so desiring to recognize that God sent Christ, the Holy Spirit “draws” an individual to a receptive attitude of “the Bread of Life”, who Jesus emphatically reminds them: “I am the bread of life….I am the living bread”! (48, 51)
One can think or re-think, but Jesus alone is Savior and Lord. To embrace Him as Lord and Savior is the ONLY conclusion we can reach and know that He came to achieve our salvation and eternal life.
What think you of Christ, the LIVING BREAD?