Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

John 6:41-47
Pastor Steve Schell
Sunday: John 6:41-42
vs41-42: The religious leaders understood the spiritual meaning behind Jesus’ statements about Himself far better than the crowds or even His own disciples, so when He called Himself “the bread that came down out of heaven” they recognized that He was claiming to be more than an ordinary human being who begins existing at conception. He was claiming to have lived in heaven before coming to earth. He had defined the term “bread of God” as “that which comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world” (v33) and then said, “I am the bread of life” (v35). The manna in the wilderness was not a natural phenomenon; it was a daily miracle which came directly from heaven which is why Jesus used manna to illustrate His own origin. He too was a miracle which had been sent from heaven.

Monday: John 6:41-42
vs41-42 (continued): The leaders sitting in front of Him knew what He meant, but they rejected His claim and tried to discredit it. They began speaking to one another in voices that were loud enough to be heard by those nearby, if not everyone in the synagogue. They muttered, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say I have come down out of heaven?” (literal). Their goal was to counter His statement by reminding everyone that Jesus had human parents. Apparently Joseph and Mary were known to many, either directly or indirectly. In effect they were saying, “Nonsense. He’s not from heaven. He has human parents just like the rest of us!”

Tuesday: John 6:43-44
vs43-44: They assumed Joseph was Jesus’ natural father, which is false of course. We know from elsewhere in the gospels that Mary conceived Jesus by a miracle while still a virgin (Mt 1:20; Lk 1:26-38), but Jesus did not try to correct their mistake or explain. That would have led to more confusion. Instead He asked them to stop murmuring and said that a person’s ability to accept what He was saying depended on the Father “drawing” that person. The word He used in that statement which is translated as “drawing” is one which was used to describe a gentle pulling. There is another word which means forceful pulling, but John did not choose that word to translate Jesus’ statement. He chose a word that was used to describe the slow pulling in of a net to catch fish (Jn 21:6), or the attractive power of God’s love (Jer 31:3; Septuagint), or God drawing people to Himself through a prophet’s admonishment (Ne 9:30; Septuagint), or even of God lifting David out of “many waters” (2Sa 22:17, Septuagint). He used this same word when he translated this beautiful statement by Jesus, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (Jn 12:32).

Wednesday: John 6:43-45
vs43-44 (continued): If taken out of the context of all Jesus taught, this statement about the Father drawing people can be misunderstood to mean that the Father will only allow certain people to believe in His Son. Jesus was explaining that divine assistance is needed before a person is able to comprehend what they’re hearing or respond to that message appropriately. If the Father does not provide that help, an individual is powerless to come to faith in Jesus. The question is: Whom does He help? Thankfully the answer is found in the next verse. v45: Jesus said, “Everyone hearing from the Father and learning, comes to Me” (literal). In an earlier conversation when talking to Nicodemus He had described such people as those who come toward God’s light when they see it (Jn 3:19-21). They are the ones who do not run and hide when God exposes their deeds, because they know that when His light examines their deeds and motives it will reveal that they wanted and earnestly tried to obey Him (Jn 3:21). When that light reveals sin they will gladly repent.

Thursday: John 6:45
v45 (continued): Those whom the Father does not draw to Jesus, are those who stubbornly refuse to see what He tries to show them or hear what He tries to tell them or are willing to “understand,” which means ponder the truth they’ve received until each one knows how God wants him or her to respond. To provide a scriptural explanation for what He was saying Jesus quoted from Isaiah (Isa 54:13) and probably Jeremiah (Jer 31:33-34), who both say that in the Messianic age all of God’s people will gladly receive teaching from the Lord. The point Jesus was making was that since He was the Messiah, that promise was at work wherever He went. The Father was teaching all who truly belonged to Him, and in particular He was confirming to them that Jesus is His Son. The result of that process was that those with tender hearts were believing in Jesus, but those who had hardened themselves against God’s conviction didn’t comprehend what they were hearing or seeing.

Friday: John 6:46
v46: Then Jesus stated the most important truth the Father reveals to those whom He is drawing: Jesus is not just a man teaching what limited human minds can know about God; He is the divine Son who came to us from heaven where He beheld the Father in all His glory. This means that instead of reasoning and guessing about God or even prophesying in part as do the prophets of God (1Co 13:9), Jesus was reporting what He had actually seen. John stated this same truth in the opening portion of his gospel when he said, “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him” (reported what one saw or heard) (Lk 24:35; Ac 10:8; 15:12, 14; 21:19; Jn 1:18). This truth about Jesus’ origin is an essential part of what it means to “behold” the Son so that we might believe in Him (Jn 6:40). The pre-existent divine nature of Jesus is arguably the most important Christian truth of all. Without it we have no Savior capable of bearing the sins of the world.

Saturday: John 6:47
v47: Jesus says, “The one who believes will finally be given eternal life” (literal). He doesn’t say the believer will finally be given eternal life at some point in the future; He says he or she has it from the moment of faith onward (Jn 3:36; 5:24; 6:54; 17:3). The resurrection of our bodies, the absence of persecution and the subordination of the devil all await the return of Christ (Jn 5:28-29), but our spiritual separation from God is repaired instantly (2Co 5:17). The intimacy and constancy of His presence, which will be ours in the age to come, arrives now in this present age. This is because the Source of life (Jn 1:4; 5:26; 6:57) has come to dwell with us. What we will experience in full then begins in part now.  

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