The Jewish people were bewildered when Jesus claimed He was the bread that came down out of heaven. They objected because they knew His parents, and they lived in the same neighborhood. They knew Jesus in His growing-up years.
6:41– The Jews, therefore, murmured concerning him, because he said, “I am the bread which came down out of heaven.” The unbelieving Jews in the synagogue and the unbelieving Galileans were angry when Jesus placed himself equal to God. But Jesus taught in an ordinary language about the bread of life.
6:42 – Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? They couldn’t believe that Jesus could have come down out of heaven. This verse is a reminder of John 4:44 – For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.
6:44 – Jesus said, No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. Everyone who hears the message of Christ should be drawn (Read John 12:32), “but that drawing does not last forever” (John 12:40). -The Moody Bible Commentary- God’s Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, but we must put our faith in Him. For God so loved the world (humanity), that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes (not just to admit it mentally, but to be persuaded and put your confidence) in him should not perish (to die spiritually) but have
eternal life (John 3:16).
6:45-46 – “Jesus paraphrased Isaiah 54:13 to support the point that if someone comes to faith and repentance to God, it is because they have been ‘taught’, and hence drawn by God (The Interpreter’s Bible).
6:49-50 – Your fathers were the rebellious Israelites who ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. Jesus said directly that anyone who eats this “living bread” will live (spiritually) forever.
6:51-52 – Jesus said, I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. To eat a man’s flesh is disgusting, but to God so is sin. Not understanding what Jesus meant, the unbelieving Jews said, how can this man give us his flesh to eat? They did not understand the spiritual illustration (Read 1 Peter 2:24).
6:53-57 – Jesus said, He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. The message is symbolic of our need for Jesus and to accept His death on the Cross. The unbelieving Jewish people couldn’t accept their Messiah would be crucified on the Cross (Read Acts 17:2-3). When Jesus arose from the grave, He proved that He had power over death and Jesus has the power to give us eternal life.
DO YOU KNOW JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LORD?
IF NOT, CONFESS YOUR SINS TO HIM AND INVITE HIM INTO YOUR LIFE.
THEN HIS HOLY SPIRIT WILL TAKE RESIDENCY IN YOUR SOUL!
-All Scripture Passages are based on the World English Bible-