The Sent One’s (Part Three)
The proclamation Jesus made to the unbelieving Jews, “I am the Bread of Life (John 6:48) …and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world” created quite a controversy among them and they quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” Jesus responded, “…unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father Sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven – not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats of this bread will live forever.”
[John 6:60-69] Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, ‘This is a hard saying; “Who can understand it?” “Jesus said, …Does this offend you? What if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go?” You have the words of life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.”
In the preceeding verses we have Jesus addressing three different groups of people concerning His claim to be the “Bread of Life sent down from heaven by His Heavenly Father to give Life to the world.” His first address was to the unbelieving Jews, the second to His disciples who followed Him for what He could do for them, instead of for who He is, and lastly His question to the twelve disciples who would form the foundation of the New Testament church Jesus came to establish.
To the unbelieving Jews, Jesus said, “This is the bread which came down from heaven – not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who easts this bread will live forever.” And to His disciples who turned away, He said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” But when the Lord questioned the sincerity of His circle of twelve, Simon Peter, one of the twelve who would later become the foundation of the New Testament church, said to the Lord, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
In these three groups of people Jesus addressed we find the make up of the worlds population. Those who do not believe He is anything other than a common man like the rest of us, those who follow the Lord for what they can get from Him, and those who believe He is who He says He is. I pray that you fall into the last category of people and have already laid claim to eternal life. If you are in one of the first two groups and you should die in that state, you will be sent to the pit that burns with everlasting fire as an unbeliever. Jesus referred to the fiery pit as a place of torment from which there is no escape; literally, He called it hell. So He has made it as simple as possible for us to join Him in eternal life. We confess we are a sinner who has followed the teachings of someone other than Him, who has lied, stolen, cheated, and desired our neighbors property, or whatever our crime against God might have been, we ask Jesus to forgive us for sinning against Him, and we accept Him as the Bread of Life, and we will inherit eternal life just as all those who have heard and believed His message since He first preached it to the above listed people some two thousand years ago. He is the Sent One. He is the Bread of Life who came to give life to a dying world lost in its sin. Jesus said later in the book of John – John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” The question the unbelieving should be asking themselves is; “How do I get to know Jesus?” We begin our search by reading the New Testament gospels of which Christ Jesus is the central theme. The Holy Spirit, which makes up one third of the Trinity, and who is our Teacher and Comforter, will in turn reveal unto us who Jesus was before He came to earth, [John 1:1-4 & 14] who He is now, [John 6:50-51] and who He will be when He returns. [Revelation 19:11-16] The information we receive may not be in that exact order, but after the revelation comes, from that point on it is up to us to determine for ourselves what we will do with the information the Holy Spirit reveals unto us. Good Reading, and God Bless. DThrash
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