What Jesus Did! 'Those Who Know God, Know Me!' — John 6:45-46

Friday, May 9, 2014

"It is written in the prophets: 'God will teach all the people.' People listen to the Father and learn from him. Those people come to me. I don't mean that anyone has seen the Father. The only person that has ever seen the Father is the One that came from God. That person has seen the Father."
— John 6:45-46
Illustration of John 6:45-46 —  Those people come to me.

Key Thought

Sometimes we miss the exclusive claims of Jesus because we've heard them so often. This claim is bold: "If you have learned the truth from God, then you are going to come to me!" Jesus not only claims to be the only way to the Father and the only one who has seen the Father, but he also claims that anyone who really knows God recognizes that he has come from God. Jesus comes to lay claim over your heart as a God-seeker. Have you yielded to him?

Today's Prayer

Father God, you are awesome in might, righteousness, and faithfulness. No one is comparable to you. Please bless me, dear Father, as I seek for you in the Scriptures. Please reveal yourself to me and reconfirm the identity and uniqueness of your Son as I study your Word and I am guided by your Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Some Jews began to complain about Jesus. They complained because Jesus said, "I am the bread that comes down from heaven." The Jews said, "This is Jesus. We know his father and mother. Jesus is only Joseph's son. How can he say, 'I came down from heaven'?" But Jesus said, "Stop complaining to each other. The Father is the One who sent me. And the Father is the One who brings people to me. I will raise up those people on the last day. If the Father does not bring a person to me, then that person cannot come to me. It is written in the prophets : 'God will teach all the people.' People listen to the Father and learn from him. Those people come to me. I don't mean that anyone has seen the Father. The only person that has ever seen the Father is the One that came from God. That person has seen the Father. I tell you the truth. If a person believes, then that person has life forever. I am the bread that gives life. Your ancestors ate the manna (food) God gave them in the desert. But it didn't keep them from dying. Here is the bread that comes down from heaven. If a person eats this bread, he will never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If a person eats this bread, then that person will live forever. This bread is my body. I will give my body so that the people in the world can have life." Then the Jews began to argue among themselves. They said, "How can this man give us his body to eat?" Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. You must eat the body of the Son of Man. And you must drink his blood. If you don't do this, then you don't have real life in you. The person that eats my body and drinks my blood has eternal life. I will raise up that person on the last day. My body is true food. My blood is true drink. If a person eats my body and drinks my blood, then that person lives in me, and I live in that person. The Father sent me. The Father lives, and I live because of the Father. So the person that eats me will live because of me. I am not like thebread that our ancestors ate {in the desert}. They ate that bread. But, {like all people}, they died. I am the bread that came down from heaven. The person that eats this bread will live forever." Jesus said all these things while he was teaching in the synagogue in the city of Capernaum.

John 6:41-59

Related Scripture Readings

The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace (kindness) and truth. John told people about him. John said, "This is the One I was talking about. I said, 'The One who comes after me is more important than I am. He was living before me.'" The Word (Christ) was full of grace and truth. From him we all received more and more blessings. The law was given through Moses. But grace and {the way of} truth came through Jesus Christ. No man has ever seen God. But the only Son (Jesus) is God. He is very close to the Father (God). And the Son has shown us what God is like.

John 1:14-18

We don't need to write to you about having love for your brothers and sisters in Christ. God has already taught you to love each other. And truly you do love the brothers and sisters in all of Macedonia. Brothers and sisters, now we encourage you to love them more and more.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-10

Your children will follow God, and he will teach them. Your children will have real peace. You will be built on goodness. So you will be safe from cruelty and fear. You will have nothing to fear. Nothing will come to hurt you. None of my armies will fight against you. And if any army tries to attack you, you will defeat that army.

Isaiah 54:13-15

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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