John Chapter 6
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22 The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;
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Matthew Henry's John Chapter 6 Bible commentary...
Five thousand miraculously fed. (1-14) Jesus walks on the sea. (15-21) He directs to spiritual food. (22-27) His discourse with the multitude. (28-65) Many of disciples go back. (66-71)1-14 John relates the miracle of feeding the multitude, for its reference to the following discourse. Observe the effect this miracle had upon the people. Even the common Jews expected the Messiah to come into the world, and to be a great Prophet. The Pharisees despised them as not knowing the law; but they knew most of Him who is the end of the law. Yet men may acknowledge Christ as that Prophet, and still turn a deaf ear to him.
15-21 Here were Christ's disciples in the way of duty, and Christ was praying for them; yet they were in distress. There may be perils and afflictions of this present time, where there is an interest in Christ. Clouds and darkness often surround the children of the light and of the day. They see Jesus walking on the sea. Even the approaches of comfort and deliverance often are so mistaken, as to become the occasions of fear. Nothing is more powerful to convince sinners than that word, "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest;" nothing more powerful to comfort saints than this, "I am Jesus whom thou lovest." If we have received Christ Jesus the Lord, though the night be dark, and the wind high, yet we may comfort ourselves, we shall be at the shore before long.
22-27 Instead of answering the inquiry how he came there, Jesus blamed their asking. The utmost earnestness should be employed in seeking salvation, in the use of appointed means; yet it is to be sought only as the gift of the Son of man. Him the Father has sealed, proved to be God. He declared the Son of man to be the Son of God with power.
28-35 Constant exercise of faith in Christ, is the most important and difficult part of the obedience required from us, as sinners seeking salvation. When by his grace we are enabled to live a life of faith in the Son of God, holy tempers follow, and acceptable services may be done. God, even his Father, who gave their fathers that food from heaven to support their natural lives, now gave them the true Bread for the salvation of their souls. Coming to Jesus, and believing on him, signify the same. Christ shows that he is the true Bread; he is to the soul what bread is to the body, nourishes and supports the spiritual life. He is the Bread of God. Bread which the Father gives, which he has made to be the food of our souls. Bread nourishes only by the powers of a living body; but Christ is himself living Bread, and nourishes by his own power. The doctrine of Christ crucified is now as strengthening and comforting to a believer as ever it was. He is the Bread which came down from heaven. It denotes the Divinity of Christ's person and his authority; also, the Divine origin of all the good which flows to us through him. May we with understanding and earnestness say, Lord, evermore give us this Bread.
36-46 The discovery of their guilt, danger, and remedy, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, makes men willing and glad to come, and to give up every thing which hinders applying to him for salvation. The Father's will is, that not one of those who were given to the Son, should be rejected or lost by him. No one will come, till Divine grace has subdued, and in part changed his heart; therefore no one who comes will ever be cast out. The gospel finds none willing to be saved in the humbling, holy manner, made known therein; but God draws with his word and the Holy Ghost; and man's duty is to hear and learn; that is to say, to receive the grace offered, and consent to the promise. None had seen the Father but his beloved Son; and the Jews must expect to be taught by his inward power upon their minds, and by his word, and the ministers whom he sent among them.
47-51 The advantage of the manna was small, it only referred to this life; but the living Bread is so excellent, that the man who feedeth on it shall never die. This bread is Christ's human nature, which he took to present to the Father, as a sacrifice for the sins of the world; to purchase all things pertaining to life and godliness, for sinners of every nation, who repent and believe in him.
52-59 The flesh and blood of the Son of man, denote the Redeemer in the nature of man; Christ and him crucified, and the redemption wrought out by him, with all the precious benefits of redemption; pardon of sin, acceptance with God, the way to the throne of grace, the promises of the covenant, and eternal life. These are called the flesh and blood of Christ, because they are purchased by the breaking his body, and the shedding of his blood. Also, because they are meat and drink to our souls. Eating this flesh and drinking this blood mean believing in Christ. We partake of Christ and his benefits by faith. The soul that rightly knows its state and wants, finds whatever can calm the conscience, and promote true holiness, in the redeemer, God manifest in the flesh. Meditating upon the cross of Christ gives life to our repentance, love, and gratitude. We live by him, as our bodies live by our food. We live by him, as the members by the head, the branches by the root: because he lives we shall live also.
60-65 The human nature of Christ had not before been in heaven, but being God and man, that wondrous Person was truly said to have come down from heaven. The Messiah's kingdom was not of this world; and they were to understand by faith, what he had said of a spiritual living upon him, and his fulness. As without the soul of man the flesh is of no value, so without the quickening Spirit of God all forms of religion are dead and worthless. He who made this provision for our souls, alone can teach us these things, and draw us unto Christ, that we may live by faith in him. Let us apply to Christ, thankful that it is declared that every one who is willing to come unto him shall be made welcome.
66-71 When we admit into our minds hard thoughts of the words and works of Jesus, we enter into temptation, which, if the Lord in mercy prevent not, will end in drawing back. The corrupt and wicked heart of man often makes that an occasion for offence, which is matter of the greatest comfort. Our Lord had, in the foregoing discourse, promised eternal life to his followers; the disciples fastened on that plain saying, and resolved to cleave to him, when others fastened on hard sayings, and forsook him. Christ's doctrine is the word of eternal life, therefore we must live and die by it. If we forsake Christ, we forsake our own mercies. They believed that this Jesus was the Messiah promised to their fathers, the Son of the living God. When we are tempted to backslide or turn away, it is good to remember first principles, and to keep to them. And let us ever remember our Lord's searching question; Shall we go away and forsake our Redeemer? To whom can we go? He alone can give salvation by the forgiveness of sins. And this alone brings confidence, comfort, and joy, and bids fear and despondency flee away. It gains the only solid happiness in this world, and opens a way to the happiness of the next.
D.Gorecke's John Chapter 6 comment about verse 53 on 2/24/2014, 1:16am...
Protestants do not have this kind of teaching they are thinking worldly flesh There is nothing unclean about the Lord s flesh and blood because He is God For my flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed Remember He is pure undefiled He is God in the flesh When our Lord says Verily Verily he is saying Truly Truly Believing in Him is believing in His word Every spoken word This is Faith belief in this Holy Communion is the true test of a christian believer God will ask you what you thought of His son and did you take Him at His word will your answer be All but John chapter 6 it was too much I thought he meant spiritually Thou in me and I in thee Union with the Spirit alive in you Physcially literally spiritually figuratively on this our Lord is very specific and stresses over and over again that UNless you eat gnaw in the Hebrew the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood remember WHO HE IS GOD then you have NO LIFE in you Remember He s alive The True Bread of Life Manna from Heaven Spotless Lamb Undefiled Uncorrupted untouched by the flesh world He is our Holy God come down from Heaven to give us eternal Life in Heaven Don t break His heart again by thinking anything about God as impure This is your faith test HE TRULY TRULY IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS
D.Gorecke's John Chapter 6 comment about verse 53 on 2/24/2014, 12:54am...
Jesus said that the flesh profiteth nothing because some of His disciples were thinking of this world fleshly thoughts re His body and blood But Jesus as God the Son who would soon ascend up to God the Father and be glorified was trying to still convince some of the disgusted disbelieving disciiples who He was He went on to say that it is the Spirit that quickeneth makes alive He is speaking of the Holy Spirit He further clarifies that the words that He speaks ARE SPIRIT and THEY ARE LIFE Those words again are This is MY Body and This is MY BLOOD Believing in the faith that is in Jesus Christ and who He says He is God the Son those spoken words over the bread and wine by faith truly become what Jesus the Son of God said that they are This is Faith believing in the spoken words of Christ Every word
Drew Laudie's John Chapter 6 comment about verse 68 on 2/18/2014, 2:20am...
The meaning of Thou hast the words of eternal life is when The Savior appears to you and tells you that you now have eternal life see 2nd Peter 1 10
ALEX .O.Ejiro's John Chapter 6 comment about verse 66 on 2/16/2014, 4:01am...
Initially they could not underscore the words of christ in its real fashion this is hard saying who can hear them they were not new born babies that desire the sincere milk of the world But they among those that follow christ from the feeding with the five loaves To me their God is their belly they thus stumble at the stumbling block and went back to the things they left behind Nevertheless he destroy them not because of his holy covenant which he made with his faithful abraham
Jennifer's John Chapter 6 comment on 2/11/2014, 11:33pm...
This passage clearly shows the true heart of Men most people seek Christ only in time of need and for what they can get from him Verse26 Jesus answered them ye seek not because ye saw miracle but because ye eat the bread and was filled he went further to advice them not seek for earthly satisfaction but rather the kingdom of God There was so much doubt and fear in them because they see his teachings as that which is against their law but behold Christ read their mind What I can say is that one should follow Christ with all his heart let one not seek for him only in time of need but to live by his words he already knows our need and his always there for us
Mockingbird's John Chapter 6 comment about verse 35 on 1/20/2014, 5:55am...
I believe that this verse says a lot: To me; the things that the world has to offer leaves you wanting more and more; therefore more thirsty and hungry(in spirit ,soul, and, body). When we come to Jesus and allow Him to fill that hunger and thirst with what He has: I will not hunger and thirst for that which does not meet what I thought would fill my hunger and thirst from what the world and/or the devil has to offer. The devil:death. Jesus Life ,Peace, Love, Security.
Napiliko's John Chapter 6 comment about verse 63 on 1/18/2014, 4:00pm...
The Holy Eucharist is the food for our souls which gives it life. Our Lord Jesus explains it like crystal clear water, but sadly so many of us cannot grasp its true meaning. Glory and Praise to Almighty God.....forever. Amen.
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