Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

John 6:26-35
Pastor Steve Schell
Sunday: John 6:26-27
vs26-27: When the people who had eaten the loaves and fish finally caught up with Jesus in Capernaum, they tried to persuade Him to give them more bread, but He refused. He told them they were asking for the wrong kind of bread and seeking to satisfy the wrong kind of hunger. He said, “You seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were fed” (literal). They recognized that He had spiritual power but did not understand the spiritual meaning of the miracles He performed. Some of the people had walked for miles and others had sailed across the lake to find Him, but all they wanted was more bread. Jesus told them that the zeal and energy they were using to pursue “food which perishes” would be better spent pursuing “the food which remains into eternal life” (literal). By “food” He meant the knowledge of the truth which leads to salvation. He wanted them to be more concerned with being right with God than finding a free meal.

Monday: John 6:26-27
vs26-27 (continued): Then Jesus again called Himself the “Son of Man” which, as we saw earlier (Jn 1:51; 5:27), was a title He used to refer to the powerful figure in Daniel’s prophecy who will be given complete dominion at the end of the age (Da 7:9-27). As Son of Man, He will be the One who gives eternal life. In chapter five (Jn 5:21-29) we heard Jesus announce Himself as the One who will call the dead to life and sit on the judgment seat over all humanity. Here, by using this title He referred to that same future event and by the simple phrase “eternal life,” He referred to the resurrection of the righteous.

Tuesday: John 6:26-27
vs26-27 (continued): To support His right to make such a claim He added this statement, “For the Father, God, sealed this One” (literal). In that culture “seals” were a very common part of life. Someone who carried a seal carried with them the authority of the person who sent them. Or, the contents of a container might be sealed to ensure nothing had been removed or changed. It was a mark that showed approval. Jesus was making staggering claims about Himself, but He doesn’t ask people to believe His claims without seeing proof. And He reminded the crowd that they had seen such proof. As you and I read through the gospels we recognize there were numerous ways God set His “seal” on Jesus: a voice from heaven (Mt 3:17); the impartation of the Holy Spirit (Mt 3:16); John the Baptist’s testimony (Jn 1:6-8, 15, 29-34; 3:26-36; 5:33-36); the miracles Jesus performed and the prophecies He fulfilled (Jn 5:38-39). Of course the greatest confirmation of all would be His resurrection from the dead (Jn 2:19-22; 20:1-9). But the seals that crowd could have recognized at that point in time would have been His miracles and the prophecies He was fulfilling.

Wednesday: John 6:28-29
v28: The crowd did not hear in His words a call to faith. Instead they focused on the word “work” which He had used (v27). They asked what sort of religious works they would need to do in order to please God. v29: Sadly their question may have meant nothing more than, “What must we do, so God will give us more miraculous bread?” But Jesus answered the question they should have asked which is, “What must we do to be saved?” He said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent” (literal). We learn from this that there is a “work” that humans who hear the gospel must do to be saved. It is the choice we make to exercise faith in Jesus Christ. He did not say, “There is no work you can do because salvation is accomplished entirely by God.” Nor did He give them a list of “do’s” and “don’ts” and then admonish them to try to earn their salvation. He simply said, in effect, “Your responsibility is to respond in faith to what I’m telling you.” His answer to them reveals a profound truth: Humans must exercise faith to be saved, but no human effort earns salvation. Our part in the process is to believe when God shows us the truth.

Thursday: John 6:30-31
vs30-31: The crowd responded to Jesus’ invitation to believe in Him by demanding more proof. They said, “What then do You do for a sign that we may see and believe You? What work do You do?” (literal). But the next statement they made revealed their true motive: They hoped to trick Him into producing more bread. Their challenge to Him was that if He were really the “second-Moses,” the prophet Moses had promised (Dt 18:15-19), then He could surely provide them with manna from heaven like Moses had (Ex 16:11-15; Nu 11:7-9). They even quoted scripture to support their demand, implying by this that Moses was the one who gave bread to Israel (Ne 9:15; Ps 78:24; 105:40).

Friday: John 6:32
v32: Jesus immediately corrected their false assumption that Moses had provided the miracle of the manna: “I say to you, Moses has not given you the bread out of heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.” God was Israel’s Source, not Moses. But then Jesus took that image of manna and explained that God had always intended it to point beyond His provision for their physical hunger. He wanted Israel to see in that miracle a promise that He would provide for their spiritual hunger as well. The “bread” that would fill their hunger for eternal life would be an unearned gift from heaven just as manna had been.

Saturday: John 6:33-35
vs33-35: Then Jesus began to identify Himself as that “bread.” He said, “For the bread of God is the One coming down out of heaven and giving life to the world” (literal). He meant, of course, Himself, but the crowd still did not realize that. They thought He was talking about a miraculous type of food and asked Him to give them an ongoing supply. His response removes all confusion. He bluntly stated, “I am the bread of life, the one coming to Me does not [at all] hunger, and the one believing in Me will never thirst [at all]” (literal). In other words the Father had sent Him from heaven to satisfy the hunger in human beings for eternal life. The way a person “ate” this “bread” was by recognizing who Jesus is and why He came and then choosing to respond to that revelation by faith. 

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