35 耶穌說：「我就是生命的糧。到我這裏來的，必定不餓；信我的，永遠不渴。 36 只是我對你們說過，你們已經看見我，還是不信。 37 凡父所賜給我的人必到我這裏來；到我這裏來的，我總不丟棄他。 38 因為我從天上降下來，不是要按自己的意思行，乃是要按那差我來者的意思行。 39 差我來者的意思就是：他所賜給我的，叫我一個也不失落，在末日卻叫他復活。 40 因為我父的意思是叫一切見子而信的人得永生，並且在末日我要叫他復活。」 41 猶太人因為耶穌說「我是從天上降下來的糧」，就私下議論他， 42 說：「這不是約瑟的兒子耶穌嗎？他的父母我們豈不認得嗎？他如今怎麼說『我是從天上降下來的』呢？」 43 耶穌回答說：「你們不要大家議論。 44 若不是差我來的父吸引人，就沒有能到我這裏來的；到我這裏來的，在末日我要叫他復活。 45 在先知書上寫著說：『他們都要蒙 神的教訓。』凡聽見父之教訓又學習的，就到我這裏來。 46 這不是說有人看見過父，惟獨從 神來的，他看見過父。 47 我實實在在地告訴你們，信的人有永生。 48 我就是生命的糧。 49 你們的祖宗在曠野吃過嗎哪，還是死了。 50 這是從天上降下來的糧，叫人吃了就不死。 51 我是從天上降下來生命的糧；人若吃這糧，就必永遠活著。我所要賜的糧就是我的肉，為世人之生命所賜的。」 52 因此，猶太人彼此爭論說：「這個人怎能把他的肉給我們吃呢？」
35Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." 41At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." 42They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?" 43"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. 44"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. 45It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. 48I am the bread of life. 49Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." 52Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
- Some folks “hope” they have eternal life. Others “trust they will have” eternal life. And other folks insist “How can you know until you’re dead?” Others will say, “What makes you think you’re so much better than me?” Pause for a moment and ask myself: what is my understanding or belief about eternal life?
- Jesus wants us to know that we have eternal life (v37). After we responded to God, He will keep us safe, forever. Again, in vv 39-40, it’s not “will have” eternal life, not “may have”, and not “maybe has”. It’s “he who believes has everlasting life.”(v47)
- Since Jesus says I have eternal life and I can take His word for it. Take the time to thank God for His salvation and eternal life for me.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.