The Sent One’s (Part Two)

John 6:30-36 Therefore they said to Him, (Jesus) “What sign will you perform then, that we may see it and believe you? What work will you do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, “He gave them bread to eat.’ ” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and give life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. “But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.”

The Jews in this story are like most men, in that before they can believe someone is from God they must see that person perform a miracle and do something no one else has done. If the person can do that, they figure the man must be from God, if not, he is a liar. In this particular case the Jews were asking Jesus to perform a miracle to prove He is the Sent One similar to the one they thought Moses did in the desert when manna was provided for their forefathers. They accredited the manna their forefathers received to Moses since Moses was their leader and had told them what God was going to do. But Jesus was quick to point out the error of their thinking when He said, “Moses did not give you the bread from heaven.” The Jews had used the term, “It is written” to add authority to their assumption that the ‘He’ in the scripture they quoted was making reference to Moses instead of God. But Jesus quickly pointed out to them, “Moses was just like them; he had no special power to perform miracles.” Men are to do what they can in the flesh, and God takes care of the spiritual or supernatural part of our miracles. The only power Moses possessed was the power to believe, therefore God spoke to him and honored his intercessory faith with miracles. And now the Jews were in another desert place from which they could not escape. They were slaves in their own land to the Romans from whom God wanted to set them free. Not only did the Jews need His help, but the world as well. So the Father Sent His Son to set the captives free. Jesus said it this way to those questioning Him, “My Father is giving to you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world… And this is the will of Him who Sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” The Jews who believed were the first to receive and partake of God’s Heavenly Bread (Jesus, the Son of God), they then shared Him with the known world until the whole world was nourished by Him. In the Book of Acts the religious Jews called these early believers, Christians, or little Christs; and said of them, “Those Jews who have turned the world upside down have come here too.” [Acts 17:6] The Jews and Gentiles who had earned such a reputation were faithful to the commandment Jesus had issued to His disciples in Matthew 28:18-20 some years before “…All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” The Lord worked mightily in that first century church who went throughout the known world baptizing new converts and teaching the people to partake of the Heavenly Bread our Father had Sent into the world, and He is still working in the world today.  I, myself, twenty centuries later, partook of that Heavenly Bread on Wednesday, September 12th, 1979 at 7:12 PM in the evening, at a little church in southern Illinois, and I have been careful to take in my daily portion since that time along with a double portion on the Sabbath Day. Praise God! My encounter with the Lord was only possible because Jesus, the Sent One, the Heavenly Bread whom God sent into the world, said on the Day of His Ascenscion into Heaven from the Mount of Olives;  “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” DThrash


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