HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
Much of John 6 deals with the attitude of unbelief expressed by the Jews of Jesus’ day. Despite His many acts of power and His teaching of the truth of God, His audiences in large part were unwilling to see Him as anything but a man, a son, and a teacher. But Jesus wanted them to see so much more. He wanted them to see Him as the bread of life, as the giver of eternal life, as the Son of the Father. But even beyond these things, Jesus desired that, as they witnessed Him and heard His teachings, they would see God. He desired that they know God and His love for them through His words and actions. He desired that they see in Him the way to God and to an everlasting abode with God. Jesus still allows and encourages us to see God. Even as we take this journey together through the life of Christ this year, we have the opportunity to peer through the window of Jesus and see the Father—His righteousness and holiness, His love and mercy, His care and concern. While Jesus’ life was ultimately about His atoning death, it was also about giving us a picture of God and allowing us to know Him through His Son. What a wonderful opportunity!
What are some things that we can know about God through Jesus?
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